New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan referred Chinese president Xi Jinping as a ‘role model’, owing to his vision and leadership after meeting him at Great Hall of People in Beijing on Friday. Notably, it was Khan’s first official visit to China after assuming power. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India, China to Hold 4th Round of Corps Commander Level Meeting Today
“President Xi’s vision and leadership a role model; our country is very impressed the way China has progressed. China’s phenomenal achievements are worth emulating. No other country has tackled poverty and corruption the way China has tackled,”a tweet by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) quoted Imran Khan as saying. Also Read - Boycott China: Chinese Toys, Rakhis & Decorative Lights May Not be Sold This Festive Season
“Pakistan wants to learn from China’s experience in poverty alleviation and curbing corruption,” Khan further said. Also Read - Raj Kapoor's Ancestral Haveli in Pakistan Under Demolition Threat as Owner Wants to Construct a Commercial Complex
His statement comes after Pakistan’s Geo TV reported that Beijing was likely to give $6 billion economic aid to Islamabad to manage its financial crisis. A loan of $1.5 billion was also expected to be offered, along with an additional package of $3 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the report added.
Pakistan is in excessive foreign debt and to stave-off the crisis it has already secured $6 billion from Saudi Arabia and reached out to the International Monetary Fund for the bailout.
Khan also met Chinese-Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank chief Jin Liqun. His four-day visit comes at a time when Islamabad has shown misgivings about Beijing’s connectivity project, the CPEC.
The new government under Khan has expressed concern over the Chinese debt under the $60 billion CPEC, a key project of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative.
(With agency inputs)