India protests China-Pakistan bus via PoK

Marcus Newton
November 3, 2018

In an interview to the Chinese state-run media ahead of his visit, Khan said the CPEC has given Pakistan a great opportunity to bring in foreign investment and to get out of the hard economic situation it is facing.

Pakistan doesn't share a border with China.

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

China and Pakistan refer to themselves as "all-weather friends", sharing close economic and military ties.

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 has always placed Pakistan as a diplomatic priority for China, supported Pakistan's safeguarding of national independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and supported the new Pakistani government's smooth running of the government and advancement of national construction", the Chinese President said. 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 continues to maintain its illegal hold over Jammu & Kashmir through brutal use of force".

China's stand he said is that the "cooperation between China and Pakistan has nothing to do with the territorial dispute and will not affect China's principled position on Kashmir", he said. Unfortunately, we have inherited a very hard economic situation.

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Mr Khan's visit evoked considerable interest in China as it comes in the wake of his past criticism of the United States dollars 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and remarks by his ministers to cut down some of the projects over debt concern.

The prime minister said he had watched other world leaders but the people of Pakistan were very impressed with the way China had progressed under President Xi.

The two sides underscored the importance of the Pak-China all-weather strategic cooperative partnership for a shared future.

Mr Khan's visit to China will provide an "opportunity" for the two countries to open a "new chapter" of bilateral relations "under the new circumstances", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Monday.

During the meeting, Khan thanked President Xi for extending warm hospitality to him and his delegation in China.

"Khan has posited that Chinese and Saudi financial assistance will reduce the amount Pakistan needs to borrow from the International Monetary Fund, mitigating Pakistan's susceptibility to the U.S. demands that its CPEC debt be transparent".

India has lodged a protest with Pakistan and China over a bus service set to be launched today between Lahore and Kashghar - a city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China's far west - through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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