#China asks Imran Khan for support on #Uygur issue during Winter Olympics in return for loans -Hong Kong newspaper
Khan will be attending the opening ceremony of Beijing winter Olympics on Thursday, which is boycotted by the West including the US, Australia, and Britain, because of widespread allegations of Chinese atrocities against the Uyghur community.
Khan too said that he was too excited to witness his first ever Olympics, but the main purpose of his China visit was to persuade his Iron brother Xi Jinping to give a $3bn loan.
“Imran Khan is requesting China to approve another loan to the tune of $3 billion in China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange, known as SAFE deposits, so as to boost its foreign exchange reserves,” says the daily.
China has already placed around $11 billion with Pakistan in the shape of commercial loans and foreign exchange reserves support initiatives, including $4 billion in SAFE deposits.
Beijing’s money is part of the nation's current official foreign exchange reserves recorded at $16.1 billion.

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