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Khan’s visit boosts China, Pak ties

China and Pakistan agreed to enhance their military and strategic cooperation at the end of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s official talks with the Chinese leadership.
Nov 5, 2018
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BEIJING: China and Pakistan agreed to enhance their military and strategic cooperation at the end of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s official talks with the Chinese leadership. In a joint statement released after Khan left Beijing, China also supported "Pakistan's efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries". 
 
Pakistan and China also "dismissed the growing negative propaganda" against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which India opposes, "and expressed determination to safeguard the CPEC projects from all threats". 
 
On defence, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, both countries will further enhance defence cooperation and maintain high-level visits and exchanges at various levels between the two armed forces. 
 
Calling for a peaceful and stable South Asia, the statement underlined the importance of pursuing dialogue and resolving all outstanding disputes to promote regional cooperation.
 
The joint statement covered the entire gamut of the bilateral relationship, including the economy. China and Pakistan signed 15 agreements and MoUs on a range of issues during Khan's first visit to China since he assumed office.

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