Pakistan has said the project isn't a major contributor to Pakistan's debt or a cause of the "financial difficulties it faces now faces", Lu said, adding that discussions will focus on "how to better drive forward with the building of the project". "And so we, as I've said, have come to learn", Reuters quoted Imran Khan as saying. 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".
Other countries, including Malaysia, have also pulled back on Chinese-funded projects related to the Belt and Road initiative, and much concern has been raised over the case of Sri Lanka.
As an opposition politician, the former cricket star had questioned whether the partnership with China benefited Pakistan and promised the contracts would be made public.
China has repeatedly said that the Indian-Pakistani territorial dispute had to be settled through dialogue between the two sides.
In a meeting with Chinese IDCPC Minister Song Tao in Beijing, he said such exchanges would ensure that the exceptional friendship between Pakistan and China endured from generation to generation. Unfortunately, we have inherited a very hard economic situation.
Agreements were also signed between Higher Education of Pakistan and Science Academy of China and between Chinese Academy of Science and Pakistan Metrological Department.
It is also seeking new loans from Saudi Arabia and China. Unfortunately, our country is going through a low point at the moment with two very big deficits, a fiscal deficit and a current account deficit. "It is easy to catch low-level criminals but it is much more challenging to expose white-collar crime which actually devastates a country", he added.
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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 premier is accompanied by Bakhtiar, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Industry and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood, and Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Mir Kamal on his trip to China.
India on Wednesday, October, was once again at loggerheads with China and Pakistan over a service, which is scheduled to be launched this week between Lahore and Kashghar, a city that runs through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
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.
The two foreign ministers discussed building the bilateral relationship further along the lines of the 10-point agenda covering multifaceted practical cooperation.
"Khan's trip is important for reasons beyond the immediate financing needs", Uzair Younus, a South Asia director at Washington-based consultancy Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, said by email.