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After the floods, Blinken pushes Pakistan to seek debt relief from China.

As floods batter Pakistan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the government to seek debt relief from its key partner China on Monday.Blinken offered Pakistan substantial US support as it recovers from floods that drowned one-third of the country, an area the size of the United Kingdom.

“We send a straightforward message. We are here for Pakistan, as we have been in previous natural disasters, looking forward to rebuilding “Blinken made the remarks following talks with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Washington.

“I also pushed our colleagues to engage China on some of the critical issues of debt relief and restructuring so that Pakistan can recover from the floods as swiftly as possible,” Blinken said.China is a crucial economic and political partner of Pakistan, pushing ahead with a $54 billion “economic corridor” that will create infrastructure and provide Beijing with an outlet to the Indian Ocean, despite separatist threats on Chinese businesses.

Washington, whose Cold War partnership with Islamabad has deteriorated, has often claimed that China will benefit while Pakistan will confront unsustainable debt.Pakistan has consistently dismissed warnings from the United States, which regards China as its primary global adversary.

In Pakistan’s floods, 1,600 people perished, one-third of whom were children, and more than seven million were displaced, amid predictions that such devastating catastrophes will become more prevalent as a result of climate change.

The US has pledged $56 million in humanitarian relief and sent 17 planes loaded with supplies, with pledges of long-term assistance.President Joe Biden, who approved a major domestic climate measure last month, Bhutto Zardari added, must also consider “climate justice.”

“It’s not just vital that you’re ‘building back better’ here,” he remarked, referring to Biden’s campaign slogan.”The opportunity of the Pakistan catastrophe is that we must rebuild better — greener, more climate-resilient — back home,” he said.

“I feel that if we work together, we can do this.”Due to its low level of development, Pakistan, although being the fifth most populated country, generates just about 0.8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.