As Prime Minister Imran Khan landed in China on a state visit this week that has large financial assistance hopes on the agenda, the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) channel ticker displayed a Freudian slip: the Chinese capital was spelt as Begging instead of Beijing.
The report said that China's directive to Pakistan to not disclose the amount was compelled by the concerns of "regional partners" of Beijing. So the immediate balance of payments crisis of Pakistan has ended.
Khan visited China from November 2 to 5 during which he held talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang for China's help to tide over the serious economic crisis faced by cash-strapped Pakistan which included a balance of payments.
"We decided that our strategic dialogue must be upgraded and its level be raised to the FM level", he said.
Discussions will also be held pertaining to Pakistan-made products' access to the Chinese markets, the sources said.
Apprising the federal cabinet of his recent visit to China, the prime minister said Pakistan and China had never signed such pacts which were done during his official visit.
The prime minister briefed the cabinet members about his visit to China and the agreements and memorandum of understandings signed between the two countries.
He said that the government's confidence after the China trip could be gauged by the fact that the federal government had released Rs1.043 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19. "China took 700 million people out of poverty during the last 30 years we can learn a lot from China's experience because one-third of our population lives under the poverty line", the foreign minister said. "If Pakistan is forced to reveal the harsh terms and conditions of Chinese infrastructure projects under an International Monetary Fund bailout, that would be severely damaging to China's strategic and economic interests worldwide", he said.
While Khan's government was able announce the financial support, both analysts said Pakistan's military could continue to be the main actor in the nation's affairs with China.
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