ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday and discussed bilateral and regional matters of mutual interests.
During the meeting, the prime minister thanked the Chinese president and the government for its principled stand on the Kashmir issue.
He particularly mentioned Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s stand on Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly. The PM said everywhere you supported Pakistan in difficult times.
He briefed the president about Pakistan’s present situation and said Pakistan had come out of difficult economic situation and would never forget China’s financial cooperation in this regard.
Imran Khan said China had never asked anything in return for its support against our national interest and helped us without any conditionality.
He said that China provided Pakistan an opportunity to come out of very difficult economic situation and appreciated the Chinese support under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor framework.
Prime Minister Khan congratulated president Xi on the 70th anniversary of founding of People’s republic of China.
The Chinese president lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan for speaking on China-Pakistan relations during UN General Assembly’s session.
He said both the countries enjoyed close friendly relations and cooperated each other in different fields.
Pakistan and China have agreed that the implementation of the second phase of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement would lead to more trade, economic and investment opportunities between the two countries.
The understanding came during a wide-ranging bilateral talks between PM Imran Khan and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday.
The two sides exchanged views on deepening bilateral trade and explored ways of increasing Pakistan’s exports to China. Other areas of potential collaboration discussed between the two sides included railways, steel, oil and gas, industry and science & technology.