Pakistan, China agree to further strengthen military cooperation

06:48 PM | 16 Mar, 2017
Pakistan, China agree to further strengthen military cooperation
BEIJING - Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in China on Thursday for a three-day official visit and met Chinese leadership where both sides agreed to continue and further increase their military to military cooperation.

According to the ISPR, the Army chief held meetings in Beijing with Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, Chief of Joint Services Department Genera Fang Funghui and Commander People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Li Zuocheng.

Matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest were discussed in the meetings.

The Chinese leadership expressed complete understanding of the geo-political and economic-cum-security environment of the region and its implications for both the countries.

They acknowledged the positive role being played by Pakistan towards peace and stability in the region with special mention of Pakistan’s role in eliminating terrorist groups including Al-Qaeeda, Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan and ETIM from Pakistan.

Chinese leadership expressed their concern over Afghan security situation and the growing potential threat of ISIS/ETIM in Afghanistan. The Chinese leadership expressed their confidence in the security arrangements for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and satisfaction on progress of the project.

COAS thanked Chinese leadership for their defence support and cooperation which is a source of strength for unique all-weather friendship between the two countries and their people.

He reiterated that Pakistan Army shall continue to positively contribute towards regional stability and security. COAS thanked Chinese leadership for sending PLA Army contingent for participation in Pakistan Day Parade.

Earlier, on arrival at PLA Army Headquarters, COAS was presented with a guard of honour.