Pakistan, China agree to broaden existing trajectory of CPEC: Bakhtiar

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The same was revealed as the Pakistan Prime Minister briefed the federal cabinet on his China visit.

Pakistan has recently approached the International Monetary Fund for a bailout package and wants to minimise its loans with the international lender apprehending stringent financial conditions which included scrutiny of the confidential details of the CPEC.

Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, Finance Minister Asad Umar said that Pakistan had secured "commitment at the highest level" from the Chinese leadership "to increase our exports, and to do (the things) we should (to) have enough income so that we do not need to borrow", according to domestic media reports.

China on Wednesday once again declined to quantify the financial assistance it is willing to provide to Pakistan after the just-concluded visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing even as it termed his talks with top Chinese leaders "very successful".

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Discussions will also be held pertaining to Pakistan-made products' access to the Chinese markets, the sources said.

"Some people tried to portray the current government as a regime which is inattentive towards Pakistan's relationship with China".

CPEC, a $64 billion megaproject signed in 2014, aims to connect China's strategically important northwestern Xinjiang province to Pakistan's Gwadar Port through a network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport cargo, oil and gas.

"China has been providing utmost assistance to Pakistan as its capacity allows".

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The report said that China's directive to Pakistan to not disclose the amount was compelled by the concerns of "regional partners" of Beijing.

Malik agreed: "The Pakistan military is the ultimate arbiter and the major stakeholder in the CPEC projects and it won't let the civilian government to do anything to undermine its close strategic alliance relationship with China", he said.

During his official visit to China, the world's second largest economy, Mr Khan also met President Xi Jinping.

Regarding the second phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA), he said that both sides would try to wrap it up by April 2019.

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Ahead of his return from Beijing, the foreign minister took to Twitter for expressing his experience of a four-day-long official trip to China, stating that they had a productive visit.

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