Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

'PM's China visit opens up new vistas of economic cooperation'

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published
Kenny Thornton | 09 November, 2018, 18:54

While welcoming Imran Khan, he said, "Pakistan China relations have already been strengthening, and now gained momentum".

During Khan's visit to Saudi Arabia last month, the Gulf Kingdom agreed to provide Pakistan $3 billion in balance of payment support and additionally give oil worth $3 billion on deferred payment.

The Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) later said it would take "strict action" against those responsible.

The information minister said that following the visit of the prime minister, the issue of the balance of payments had been settled, adding that the country's economic crunch would be no more as talks with the International Monetary Fund were under way.

A team of Pakistani officials was expected to arrive here on November 9 to finalise the details.

"Some people tried to portray the current government as a regime which is inattentive towards Pakistan's relationship with China".

"We decided that our strategic dialogue must be upgraded and its level be raised to the FM level", he said. "I want to make that clear in unequivocal terms that we do not have any balance of payments crisis now".

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Malik agreed: "The Pakistan military is the ultimate arbiter and the major stakeholder in the CPEC projects and it won't let the civilian government to do anything to undermine its close strategic alliance relationship with China", he said.

The corridor is one of the largest projects under China's global Belt and Road Initiative that has become a signature of President Xi Jinping.

Some of his ministers too sounded critical of it.

Feeling very confident after returning from a productive visit to China led by PM Imran Khan.

"Imran Khan is the father of the child", superior court commissioner Anthony Jones said in a brief hearing in the United States court, according to the petitioner.

Ahead of his return from Beijing, the foreign minister took to Twitter for expressing his experience of a four-day-long official trip to China, stating that they had a productive visit. "We believe our ties withstood the test of times in domestic and worldwide changes", she said.

Briefing the media persons about the federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the minister said that following this visit Pakistan would be able to handle balance of payments issue.

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