"It is an economic cooperation project between China and Pakistan and not targeted at any third party".
Pakistan's financial woes have dragged the country down to a "low point", its prime minister told Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday (Nov 2), as he seeks funds from Beijing to stave off a fiscal crisis. He said that we are neither surprised nor did we expect anything substantial to be delivered there, because of the mindset India prefers to be in denial mode since the tragedy of Kashmir was born in 1947. "No other country has tackled poverty and corruption the way China has tackled it", he said.
China promised to support Pakistan's economy on Friday.
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.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan could learn from China to raise its agricultural yields and help its farmers and remove rural poverty.
"We have very special relations with China".
From Beijing's point of view, Pakistan's criticism of the project was a shocker, especially after China's takeover of Sri Lanka's Hambantota port on a 99-year lease as a debt swap.
Talking about the economic challenges including the current account deficit and declining foreign exchange reserves, the Prime Minister said, his government was following a two-pronged strategy including approaching friendly countries for financial assistance and putting the option of IMF at the end to avoid the tough conditions of the Fund.
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China on Thursday sought to defend the proposed bus service with Pakistan through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK, saying its cooperation with Islamabad has nothing to do with the territorial dispute and will not change its principled stance on the Kashmir issue.
He said China was ready to work together with the new government under Prime Minister Imran Khan to build a community of shared destiny for mankind.
The India-occupied Jammu & Kashmir remains the most militarized zone in the world, where the occupation forces are killing and maiming people on a daily basis.
Earlier, President Xi warmly welcomed Prime Minister Khan and his delegation upon their arrival at the Great Hall of the People.
This was reaffirmed during a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing.
Xi said the two sides should deepen strategic communication, maintain regular visits and meetings between the two countries' leaders and enhance experience-sharing in the governance of a country.
They also reiterated their steadfast commitment to strategic partnership and underscored taking it to new heights.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) and China´s Premier Li Keqiang attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.