COAS thanks Chinese FM for diplomatic support to Pakistan on core issues

China appears set to strengthen Pakistani military forces to protect the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and to combat cross-border infiltration by militants in China's western Xinjiang province.

China and Pakistan also vowed to ensure the safety of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is an important part of the One Belt and One Road initiative started by China.

Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa met top PLA officials on Thursday. The Chinese vice premier also lauded the rapid development of ties between the two countries.

According to the ISPR, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa met with China's Foreign Minister Mr Wang Yi at the Chinese Foreign Office in Beijing.

The Army Chief, who is presently in Beijing on a three-day official visit, on his part thanked the minister and China on their acknowledgements and support.

Asked whether China is open to the idea of working closely with Pakistan on developing missiles specially in the light of the 1998 UN Security Council resolution 1172 which called on India and Pakistan to stop testing ballistic missiles, Hua said all the UN members have the obligations and responsibility to observe the UN resolutions.

On Tuesday, Masood Khalid, Pakistani Ambassador to China, said at a news conference that Pakistan has deployed more than 15,000 troops to protect the CPEC, apart from raising a naval contingent for the protection of Gwadar Port.

Mass production of a jointly developed multi-role combat aircraft and ballistic missiles in Pakistan were on the agenda during a meeting between the Sino-Pak military brass in Beijing on Thursday, experts have said.

China has acknowledged Islamabad for maintaining peace and stability in the region with special mention of its role in eliminating terrorist groups including the al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

He suggested that the two countries should enhance defense and security cooperation and push forward the building of the CPEC in an orderly manner.

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  • Leroy Wright