According to Reuters, the Chinese government’s top diplomat was in Pakistan on Saturday for the first high-level meetings between the neighbors since new Prime Minister Imran Khan took office, the south Asian nation’s foreign office said.

Beijing has pledged $57 billion in loans for Pakistan as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative, deepening ties at a time when Islamabad’s relations with Washington are fraying over how to deal with Islamist militants waging war in Afghanistan.

State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s three-day visit follows a meeting between Khan and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Chinese government’s top diplomat was in Pakistan on Saturday for the first high-level meetings between the neighbors since new Prime Minister Imran Khan took office, the south Asian nation’s foreign office said.

Beijing has pledged $57 billion in loans for Pakistan as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative, deepening ties at a time when Islamabad’s relations with Washington are fraying over how to deal with Islamist militants waging war in Afghanistan.

State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s three-day visit follows a meeting between Khan and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.