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Pakistan-China military leadership discuss defence cooperation, CPEC

Pakistan-China military leadership discuss defence cooperation, CPEC

During meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing, the army chief congratulated the latter on assumption of command of the newly-established army headquarter

ISLAMABAD – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has reached Beijing on a two-day official visit, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif discussed measures to improve military to military cooperation and security of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is a USD 46 billion investment in Pakistan by China during Xi Jinping’s tenure as the premier.

During his meeting with his Chinese counterpart at military headquarters in Beijing, the army chief congratulated the latter on assumption of command of the newly-established army headquarter.

COAS General Raheel Sharif meets senior Chinese military officials

COAS General Raheel Sharif meets senior Chinese military officials

The army chief had also assured that armed forces of the country will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction to ensure a better future for our next generations.

The visit comes a day after a Pentagon report says China is likely to consider establishing additional naval logistics hubs in countries with which it has a long-standing friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, “such as Pakistan”.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa said measures to further improve military to military cooperation; exponentially enhanced training exchanges and defence technology were discussed during the meeting. Upon his arrival, the army chief was presented a guard of honour.

Earlier in March the Army Chief called on Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmonov during his one-day visit. President Rakhmonov said that Pakistan Army’s efforts in the war on terror are commendable. He recognised the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb against banned outfits.

COAS Sharif is hailed as the most popular Pakistani military chief after he launched a successful offensive against terrorists in tribal areas of the country. Operation Zarb-e-Azb garnered much praise from the international community as it added to Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in the war on terror in a major way.

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