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Imran Khan hold talks with Chinese leaders

world Updated: Nov 01, 2011 21:50 IST

After his blistering attack on US and India at a recent rally in Lahore, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Tuesday arrived here and praised China for its consistent support to Pakistan.

Khan, leading a delegation of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party headed by him, held talks with Ismail Tiliwaldi, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature.

Khan, who arrived here on a two-day visit at the invitation of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), said that Pakistan and especially his party had a lot to learn from China, including alleviation, anti-corruption measures and accountability of officials and party leaders.

Tiliwaldi assured him that China will continue its support for Pakistan's efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty and independence.

Tiliwaldi praised the sound and stable development of bilateral relations over the past 60 years, saying that China and Pakistan are "good neighbors, friends and partners," state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China highly appreciates Pakistan's long-term support on issues concerning China's core interests, he said, adding that China will continue to support Pakistan's efforts to promote peace and stability, as well as safeguard its own sovereignty and independence.

Khan spoke highly of bilateral relations and thanked China for its consistent support to Pakistan in international and regional affairs.

Pakistan hopes to learn from China's development experience and boost the development of the friendship between the two countries, Khan said.