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Pakistan PM Sharif's China trip brings 'more words, little action'

Experts say Beijing wants better security as turmoil rocks Islamabad

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif inspect an honor guard in Beijing on Nov. 2.   © Press Information Department via Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's visit to China this week achieved little more than vague and broad commitments, analysts say, with Beijing pushing for additional security for Chinese personnel working in the cash-strapped South Asian country.

The shaky political and security situation in Pakistan was underscored anew on Thursday with the assassination attempt on ousted former Prime Minister Imran Khan during a protest march to demand snap elections.

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