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India on Thursday reiterated its opposition to a proposed luxury bus service between Pakistan and China that would pass through parts of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan - territory that India claims - terming it "a violation of India's sovereignty", a day after it had summoned a Chinese diplomat to South Block to lodge a strong protest against the initiative.

Xi said that Beijing was "willing to work with the prime minister to strengthen the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership and build a new era" in the two countries' ties.

During his meeting with Xi in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Khan did raise the issue of his country's economic situation.

The last time was in 2013, when Islamabad got a US$6.6 billion loan to tackle a similar crisis. However, there was no immediate official comment from Beijing on the report.

China's expected assistance is the second $6 billion package which Khan has managed to obtain in the last few weeks as Pakistan reeled under severe financial crisis. He secured $3 billion funding from his recent visit to Saudi Arabia besides differed payment for oil imports worth about $3 billion for a year. Pakistan is presently seeking an emergency bailout loan of $8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Mr Khan's visit evoked considerable interest in China as it comes in the wake of his past criticism of the United States dollars 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and remarks by his ministers to cut down some of the projects over debt concern.

"China-Pakistan cooperation not only benefits both peoples but also contributes to regional and world peace, stability and development", Xi said.

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"As for the bus service, I have not heard of the relevant information and I have not heard of complaints", Lu Kang, China's foreign ministry spokesperson, said at the ministry's regular briefing, when asked about India's protest against the move.

The premier is accompanied by Bakhtiar, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Industry and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood, and Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Mir Kamal on his trip to China.

Agreements pertaining to poverty alleviation in Pakistan, strengthening cooperation in agriculture and industrial sectors and technical training were signed by the two sides. Yao Jing, China's ambassador to Pakistan, told reporters in Islamabad on October 27 that Pakistan is expected to receive good news from the visit.

He said China has always been a close and reliable friend of Pakistan.

In a meeting with Chinese IDCPC Minister Song Tao in Beijing, he said such exchanges would ensure that the exceptional friendship between Pakistan and China endured from generation to generation.

The statements evoked serious concerns in China as the CPEC is the flagship project of President Xi's pet multi-billion BRI.

India has lodged a protest with Pakistan and China over a bus service set to be launched today between Lahore and Kashghar - a city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China's far west - through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).


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