China backs PM Imran Khan "Naya Pakistan" agenda

China backs PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD - China has backed Prime Minister Imran Khan's "New Pakistan" initiative and said the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects being undertaken in the country will play an important role in Pakistan's economic development.

China 's Minister of International Development Song Tao met Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday and assured Beijing's support to Pakistan at all regional and international fora.

He also assured Khan of China 's support in his agenda of poverty alleviation, fight against corruption and agricultural development, an official statement said on Tuesday.

The USD 60 billion CPEC is the flagship venture of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping aimed at enhancing Beijing's influence around the world through China-funded infrastructure projects.