Our country is going through a low point, PM Khan tells China

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Meanwhile, the bus service is an attempt to bolster trade ties and increase friendship between Pakistan and China, but the issue revolves around the bs route that passes through PoK, where the CPEC passes, as reported by The Indian Express.

Xi assured Khan that China considers its relations with Pakistan a "diplomatic priority". Khan had initially vowed to curb borrowing, but has proceeded with projects such as one to build 5 million public housing units and has predicted that Pakistan would soon overcome its economic woes.

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".

Pakistan has already approached the IMF but is concerned about the stringent conditions the global lender may impose specially to scrutinise the CPEC projects.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing Friday.

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PM Khan said there were other things like urban development, pollution and so many things that Pakistan faced and could benefit from the Chinese experience, adding, China has developed very fast in the area of agriculture.

Pakistan has taken out billions of dollars in loans from China in recent years for infrastructure projects, the terms of which remain largely undisclosed.

Pakistan has already approached the International Monetary Fund for a bailout package which it apprehends will come with stringent conditions of austerity besides scrutiny of $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects whose terms till now remained confidential.

He would hold talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday after which both the countries would sign several agreements.

An IMF delegation is due to visit China next week and the Khan government wants to minimise the bailout package it seeks from the global lender.

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Andrew Small, a senior transatlantic fellow with the George Marshall Fund's Asia Program, said he believes China is willing to make adjustments, but Beijing needs to know what the administration's position is before it can make offers.

He said with Pakistan having oldest relationship with China, it was the only friendly country in the world on whom people in Pakistan felt they could always depend in the hour of need.

"Basically, aside from the contracts that have been agreed and the projects that are moving ahead on the ground, which is the $19 billion worth, everything else is up for grabs as far as they (China) are concerned", Small said.

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

The Prime Minister said Pakistan could learn from China to raise its agricultural yields and help its farmers and remove rural poverty.

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