Pakistan, China sign 15 agreements, MoUs on bilateral cooperation

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India logdes protest against Pakistan, China over bus services which passes through Pak-Occupied Kashmir

China is preparing to roll out the red carpet for Mr. Khan, who is set to arrive in Beijing on Friday, and would be formally welcomed at the Great Hall of the People on Saturday.

Agreements pertaining to poverty alleviation in Pakistan, strengthening cooperation in agriculture and industrial sectors and technical training were signed by the two sides.

China and Pakistan refer to themselves as "all-weather friends", united in their rivalry against mutual neighbour India and entwined in a web of military, political and economic links.

He said the main goal of his party and the government was to take people of Pakistan out of poverty as half of the population in the country was either on or under the poverty line and added, "China is the one country from which we can learn".

China promised to support Pakistan's economy on Friday. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad halted a few Chinese projects after coming to power this year, while Myanmar's Planning and Finance Minister Soe Win told Nikkei in July that his government would demand that plans for a new port be "slimmed down".

India has consistently opposed the 1963 "China-Pakistan Boundary Agreement" that recognises PoK as under "actual Pakistani control" without prejudicing a final dispute resolution with India, and India has protested the Karakoram Highway on which traffic has been plying regularly, as well as subsequent infrastructure projects built by China in the disputed area.

"China wants to avoid such transparency because exposing the terms of the CPEC project agreements could validate the USA criticism of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a debt trap for emerging economies", the Post report said.

Pakistan will also ask "for some corrections in the trade balance and tariff concessions" from China, he said.

Other countries, including Malaysia, have also pulled back on Chinese-funded projects related to the Belt and Road initiative, and much concern has been raised over the case of Sri Lanka.

He said his government and party wanted to learn from China in this area because white-collar crime was very hard to detect.

In a meeting with Chinese IDCPC Minister Song Tao in Beijing, he said such exchanges would ensure that the exceptional friendship between Pakistan and China endured from generation to generation. "These relations have not only benefited the two all-weather strategic partners but the region and world".

Both sides also held a delegation-level meeting. "It has nothing to do with the territorial dispute and it will not affect China's principled position on the issue of Kashmir", Mr. Lu observed.

They also reaffirmed their steadfast commitment to strategic partnership and underscored taking it to new heights.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) and China┬┤s Premier Li Keqiang attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The two ministers discussed further building the bilateral relationship on the 10-point agenda covering multifaceted practical cooperation.

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