China's Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (L) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Kim Kyung-Hoon /POOL
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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to help China fight Islamist militants, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday, after Ghani met President Xi Jinping in Beijing on his first visit abroad since his September inauguration.The two sides said in a joint statement China would give 2 billion yuan ($327 million) to Afghanistan through to 2017, with 500 million yuan of that in 2014 and 1.5 billion yuan over the next three years. China also will help train 3,000 Afghan professionals over the next five years.
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