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Chinese President to push for stability in Afghanistan

Chinese President to push for stability in Afghanistan

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Apr 17, 2015 - 11:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to arrive in Pakistaninfo-icon on April 20 on a two-day visit, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson told a regular weekly media briefing.

“…Chinese president will attend a joint session of parliament and important agreements in various fields will be signed during the visit,” Tasneem Aslam said.

Media reports that Xi is likely to raise fears that Muslim separatists from Xinjiang are linking up with Pakistani militants, and he could also push for closer efforts for a more stable Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“One of China’s top priorities on this trip will be to discuss Xinjiang,” said a Western diplomat in Beijing. “China is very worried about the security situation there.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping will launch energy and infrastructure projects worth $46 billion on a visit to Pakistan as China cements links with its old ally and generates opportunities for firms hit by slack growth at home.

He is expected to sign a deal to sell Pakistan eight Chinese submarines. The deal, worth between $4 billion and $5 billion, according to media reports, may be among those signed on the trip.

Pakistan and China often boast of being “iron brothers” and two-way trade grew to $10 billion last year from $4 billion in 2007, Pakistani data shows.

PANinfo-icon/Monitor/shah/rm

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