What did PM Imran Khan tell Chinese President Xi Jinping?
*ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s financial woes have dragged the country down to a “low point”, Prime Minister Imran Khan told Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, as he seeks funds from Beijing to stave off a fiscal crisis.*
Before travelling to China, PM Khan said that he was striving to obtain financial aid from two unnamed countries after Pakistan secured $6 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia.
His government has also entered talks with the International Monetary Fund over a potential bailout as it grapples with a balance of payment crisis and current account deficit.
Pakistan has gone to the IMF repeatedly since the late 1980s.
The last time was in 2013, when Islamabad got a $6.6 billion loan to tackle a similar crisis.
Greeted by Xi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Khan said he had come to “learn” from China’s experiences in combatting poverty and corruption.
“Unfortunately we have inherited a very difficult economic situation,” Khan said.
“Countries go in cycles. They have their high points, they have their low points. Unfortunately our country is going through a low point at the moment,” he said.
Xi said he attached “great importance to China-Pakistan relations” and was “willing to work together with the prime minister to strengthen China-Pakistan’s all-weather strategic partnership and build a new era of China-Pakistan destiny.”
But neither leader announced any deals. Khan will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday and will attend a massive import expo hosted by Xi in Shanghai next week. - APP/AFP