A worker walks past a propaganda slogan on a wall at a construction site in Beijing in this December 12, 2014 file picture. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files
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Pakistan needs a "huge amount of financing" for infrastructure and energy projects and China is ready to announce help when President Xi Jinping visits next week, a foreign ministry official said Friday.Chinese assistant foreign minister Liu Jianchao declined to offer details in a briefing to reporters ahead of Xi's two-day trip, which starts Monday, saying that the "specific figure" would be announced during the visit.China has been a key financial and military ally of Islamabad over the years and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif secured promises of $42 billion worth of investment when he went to Beijing in November last year.Liu said Xi's visit would be the first by a Chinese president in nine years and stressed that it was his first overseas trip this year.
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