Pakistan and China Signed 15 Agreements on Bilateral Cooperation

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"My party has only been in power for two months. It gives us an opportunity to raise our standard of living, growth rate".

"Countries go in cycles".

Asked about the cooperation on counter-terrorism, Kong said: "all areas of cooperation have been covered and we also expressed positive wish for strengthening cooperation".

Li said "China and Pakistan are all-weather partners".

But both Pakistan and China played down those concerns Saturday, describing the programme as a key part of Islamabad's recovery plans.

Dismissing the growing propaganda against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, both Beijing and Islamabad expressed their determination to protect the initiative against all threats, while agreeing to speed up progress along the Gwadar port.

Speaking to reporters in Beijing's Great Hall of the People following Khan's talks with Li, Kong said his country would help. "Both sides have agreed to establish a foreign-ministerial dialogue mechanism to make overall planning and coordinate in various fields", Kong said besides establishing a working group on social and livelihood affairs under the CPEC joint cooperation. "There has been no change in the number of CPEC projects". 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.

The statement added that building a closer China-Pakistan community in the new era was the pillar of the continued relationship between the "iron brothers". This yardstick does not seem to apply when it comes to its "all-weather" friend Pakistan.

Khan thanked the Chinese president, government and the people of China for their warm sentiments.

Reforms are urgently needed and China is willing to help as much as it can.

The Chinese side reiterated that Beijing s relationship with Islamabad was always a matter of highest priority in its foreign policy. Short of dwelling on specifics, Mr Khan has complimented President Xi as perhaps no other Pakistan leader ever has.

The two sides firmly move forward the CPEC, while ensuring the smooth operations of the completed projects and advancing the ongoing projects, he said.

The prime minister extended an invitation to President Xi to visit Pakistan, who accepted the invitation.

Sharing his vision of Naya Pakistan, the Prime Minister congratulated the Chinese premier on successful anti corruption drive, poverty alleviation and modernization of China based on innovation and IT. The Chinese delegation was led by Prime Minister Li Keqiang. He said no other nation in the human history had been able to achieve this success.

The statement said the two countries had chose to "make full use of the China-Pakistan Defence and Security Consultation mechanism, deepen cooperation in areas such as military exercises, training cooperation, personnel exchanges, and equipment and technology cooperation".

PM Imran said corruption and money laundering were the biggest problems facing Pakistan.

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