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Clay Curtis
October 8, 2019

Pakistan will interact China on the highest stage for talks on a number of huge initiatives within the fields of hydropower, oil refinery and metal mills as a part of the Dollars 60 billion China-Pakistan Financial Hall (CPEC) throughout Prime Minister Imran Khan's go to to the nation, a senior minister has stated.

Imran Khan's search the advice of with to China, third since he took over as Top Minister in August closing year, acquires significance because it comes days ahead of President Xi's deliberate excessive-profile search the advice of with to India to select section in the 2nd casual summit with Top Minister Narendra Modi at Mamallapuram attain Chennai subsequent week.

"One of President's Xi's crusades has been against corruption and from I hear that some 400 ministerial-level people in the last five years have been convicted of corruption and put behind jail", PM Imran said.

A Chinese government spokesperson called the move "unacceptable" and said that it would help Pakistan in defending "its legitimate rights and interests" in the Kashmir region. But the progress on next phase projects has slowed since Prime Minister Khan came to power previous year.

The visit of the prime minister is in continuation of the long-established tradition of the leadership of the two countries meeting regularly and consulting closely on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

While most of the early projects have now been completed, the second phase of the programme has been slow to start.

He said Pakistan was focusing on making special economic zones operational to benefit from China's industrial relocation that would also be done through joint ventures between the businesses of the two countries.

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"We will discuss all issues - including the expansion of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework", he added. The Prime Minister will also meet with Chinese entrepreneurs and heads of different companies during the visit. A large part of the Indian journalism today rests entirely on what Imran Khan or Pakistan says or does.

The Minister said Pakistanis will be standing by their Kashmiri brethren until they get freedom from the Indian occupation.

A number of agreements/MoUs are expected to be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by the two prime ministers, a foreign office statement issued here on Monday said.

Khan is walking a tightrope, balancing Pakistan's USA and China relations while seeking to keep the country financially afloat. The CPEC, which connects China's Xinjiang province with the strategic Gwadar Port in Balochistan, is the flagship mission of President Xi's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The three, 000-kilometer undertaking is geared toward connecting China and Pakistan with rail, street, pipelines and optical fibre cable networks.

Pakistan has reduced its Chinese loans to upgrade a colonial-era railway by US$2 billion to US$6.2 billion, and wants to cut it down by another US$2 billion, according to the nation's railways minister.

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