Beijing: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday sought assistance from Pakistan's all-weather ally China in energy, transport and infrastructure projects to tide over a severe energy crisis and economic woes.

Sharif, who arrived in China on his first foreign visit after returning to power, met Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that Pakistan is faced with numerous challenges and it has an uphill task to pull the economy out from the current economic difficulties.

Talking about the economic challenges, Sharif said his country has to address the matter in tandem with internal and regional security issues. Sharif said that he was fully cognizant of the internal security situation in the country and the government was working out a strategy to improve it.

"Pakistan believes that China will stand by its friend and neighbour," Sharif said.

Xi told him that China hoped to move ahead with plans for a China-Pakistan economic corridor. "All-weather strategic cooperation is the precious wealth. We are proud that you have chosen China for your first overseas visit,” the Chinese President said.


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