China raises questions over US embassy expansion plans again

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Islamabad, Sep.13 (ANI): China has once again expressed its concerns over the massive expansion work of the US embassy in Islamabad.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Luo Zhaohui met President Asif Ali Zardari here and told him about Beijing's apprehensions regarding the reported expansion of the US embassy.

Sources said Zardari assured Zhaohui that Pakistan would never compromise on its sovereignty.

This is the second time in a week that Beijing has questioned the US expansion plans.

Zhaohui had said that the expansion of the American embassy should be in accordance with the rules and regulations of Pakistan and Washington should respect Islamabad's sovereignty.

"China has concerns over expansion of US embassy in Islamabad and the United States should expand its embassy by materializing rules and regulations of Pakistan," Zhaohui said.

Sources privy to the meeting said Zardari told Zhaohui about his plan to visit China in December to learn more about China's rapid growth in all the sectors.

"Pakistan can gain a lot from the Chinese experiences, and these can be emulated in Pakistan for achieving greater development," they quoted Zardari, as saying.

The Nation quoted the sources as saying, the President said that Pakistan attaches high value to its relations with China and takes pride in Beijing's success story. (ANI)

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