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On the day Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wrapped up his official engagements in Beijing, China said it supported the country's efforts to improve ties with India.

Khan is in Beijing on his maiden visit to China as the two countries grapple to iron out differences over the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Islamabad approaching "friendly nations" to avoid a tough International Monetary Fund bailout package.

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.

The project is meant to modernise Pakistani infrastructure and bolster the country economy by building various transportation networks, energy projects and special economic zones.

In July this year, Imran Khan defeated Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to become the country's new prime minister, ending three decades of political dominance by these two political dynasties.

Our relationship is multidimensional, said the premier, adding that Pakistan can also learn from how China dealt with its mega metropolis issues like sewerage systems, threats to the environment and pollution. He said that the Pakistani side admires China's achievements in reform and development and looks forward to learning from China's experience in governance, strengthening coordination with China on worldwide and regional affairs and continuously enriching the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

"CPEC is a blessing for Pakistan, it's very important for the country, it's an opportunity to attract investments", he said.

The two leaders expressed complete confidence on the importance and future development of CPEC. "Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation on tourism promotion".

PM Imran lauded China's phenomenal achievements in reducing poverty and alleviating corruption, and said Pakistan wished to learn from its progress.

Khan said the way leadership of President Xi had tackled corruption was appreciable and said, "No other nation has held so many powerful people accountable for corruption in the last five years".

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

One of his key election pledges was to reduce poverty for Pakistan's 197 million residents.

He said his government and party wanted to learn from China in this area because white-collar crime was very hard to detect. Guard of honor was presented to the prime minister. "These relations have not only benefited the two all-weather strategic partners but the region and world", he said.

A document on strategic-level talks between foreign ministers of two countries was also signed. Vice Foreign Minister Kong told reporters in Beijing there were no plans to make changes to the CPEC, but he did say the focus would shift "in favor of areas relating to people's lives".

The meeting was held in a spirit of mutual understanding, longstanding friendship, and close cooperation.

On the occasion, the two sides expressed satisfaction over the multi faceted bilateral relations.


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