Xi Jinping heads to Pakistan with Billions in Aid

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning to offer billions of dollars in infrastructure and energy assistance to Pakistan on a scale the United States has never offered in the past decade of a close relationship.

Xi, making his first overseas trip this year, and the first by a Chinese leader to Pakistan in nine years, will arrive fortified from the robust reception to the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and is looking to show that China can make a difference in a friendly, neighbouring country troubled by terrorism.

Xi will be signing accords for $46 billion for the construction of roads, rails and power plants to be built on a commercial basis by Chinese companies over 15 years, said Pakistani officials.

China is keen to prevent the spread of militant groups in Pakistan into Xinjiang, the far western region of China with a large Muslim population.

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