Pak television embarrasses Imran Khan with 'begging' slip-up

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

Both China and Pakistan are satisfied with the results of Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit and unanimously agreed to continue to work together to implement the consensus reached by the leaders and push China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership to a new level. However, officials said that despite the Saudi and the Chinese financial aid, Pakistan would still approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to a bailout to emerge out of the financial crisis.

Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China from November 2-5 has moved the overall economic relationship between the two friendly countries to the next level, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Tuesday.

A Pakistani delegation in Beijing is holding talks with Chinese officials today to finalise modalities for economic cooperation, Radio Pakistan reported.

The two sides believe that China-Pakistan relations have experienced the test of time and environmental changes at home and overseas and are constantly moving forward.

"China has been providing utmost assistance to Pakistan as its capacity allows. I want to make that clear in unequivocal terms that we do not have any balance of payments crisis now".

The adviser said that during the last fiscal year, Pakistan's exports to China were worth $1.2 billion which would be doubled after this facility.

Umar's comments of China's assistance came in the backdrop of criticism in the Pakistan media that Khan has returned home empty handed without securing firm commitment from Beijing as it remained circumspect due his past criticism of projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an ambitious project of President Xi.

It would be Pakistan's 13th rescue package from the multilateral lender since the late 1980s.

Pakistan's state-run TV news channel was left red-faced after it broadcasted Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech in China but located him in "Begging"... rather than "Beijing".

About the outcome of Khan's visit, Hua said, "we believe his visit is very successful".

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