PM-Xi PM Imran Khan hold bilateral talks with President Xi Jinping in Beijing by Bureau Chief

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BEIJING, Nov 2 (Aitizaz Hasan): Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday met Chinese President Xi Jinping and said that his government was keen to learn from China’s experience in poverty alleviation and anti corruption.

During the meeting held at Great Hall of the People here, Imran Khan said that he had followed President Xi as a statesman during his political carrier spanning over 22 years.

The prime minister said that he had watched other leaders of the world but he and his country were very impressed the way China had progressed under President Xi Jinping.

Imran Khan lauded President Xi and other Chinese leadership for bringing down poverty in China and taking 700 million people out from poverty in 30 years.

Appreciating President Xi and other Chinese leadership, he remarked that no other nation in human history had been able to achieve this success.

He said that the main goal of his party and the government was to take people of Pakistan out of poverty as half of the population in the country was either on the poverty line or below it, adding, “China is the one country from which we can learn.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the way leadership of President Xi had tackled the menace of corruption was appreciable and said, “No other nation has held so many powerful people accountable for the corruption as China did in last five years.”

He said that his government and party wanted to learn from China in this area because white collar crime was very difficult to detect.

“It is easy to catch low level criminals but it is much more challenging to expose white collar crime which actually devastates a country,” he added.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked President Xi for extending warm hospitality to him and his delegation in China.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also extended an invitation to President Xi for a visit of Pakistan.

In his remarks, President Xi Jinping said that relations between China and Pakistan had already been growing and now these relations touched new heights.

“These relations have not only benefited the two all-weather strategic partners but the region and world,” he added.

He said that China was ready to work together with the new government under Prime Minister Imran Khan to build a community of shared destiny for mankind.

The Chinese President said that China respected Pakistan’s sovereignty and also assured his complete support to the new government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bukhtiar, Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce, Abdul Razzak Dawood, Chief Minister of Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan and Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid were also present during the meeting.

Earlier, President Xi Jinping warmly welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan and his delegation upon their arrival at the Great Hall of the People.

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