Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf heads to Beijing for discussions with Chinese premier Hu Jintao on how the emerging economic superpower can provide aid to the South Asian nation. Ahmad Rashid Malik of the Islamabad Policy Research Institute speculated that Musharraf will seek funding to pay for food and oil imports, and the construction of power plants in order to resolve the electricity crisis in Pakistan. “China and Pakistan have what we call an all-weather friendship,” according to Malik. China has already guaranteed aid to build the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar and roads that will link Pakistan to China’s Xinjiang in the west.
Source: Musharraf Visits China Seeking Aid, May Support Hu in Xinjiang (Bloomberg)