Pak-China military exchanges to help maintain peace

BEIJING: While commenting on Vice Chairman of Chinese Central Military Commission, Gen Zhang Youxia recent visit to Pakistan, a spokesman of China’s ministry of national defense Thursday said it would help maintain peace and stability in South Asia as well as in the whole world.

“The visit will help enhance strategic communications between the two states and it will also help build military strategic and mutual trust and interest,” Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang said during his monthly briefing held in China’s Ministry of National Defense here.

The spokesman said during his visit, Gen Zhang Youxia held meetings with Pakistan’s civil and military leadership and discussed the regional security situation.

“They also talked about cooperation in areas such as counter-terrorism, joint training, joint exercises, equipment, and technologies as well as peacekeeping,” he added.

He said the two sides had also agreed to further enhance exchanges and cooperation under some multilateral framework including Quadrilateral Cooperation Coordination Mechanism and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The spokesman said the visit of Gen Zhang was a concrete action to further implement the important consensus reached by two heads of states to further facilitate the all-weather strategic and cooperative partnership between China and Pakistan.

Gen Zhang Youxia led a delegation to Pakistan during May 17 to 20 and held talks with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other senior military officials during the visit.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.