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General Bajwa reaches China on three-day visit

Chief of the Army Staff was presented a guard of honour upon his arrival

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has arrived in China for a three-day visit starting from  Thursday.

Media cell of Pakistan Army, Inter-Services Public Relations reported that convened meetings with top civil and military officials.
“COAS held meetings at Beijing with Mr. Zhang Gaoli Executive Vice Premier, General Fan Changlong Vice Chairman Central Military Commission, General Fang Funghui, Chief of Joint Services Department and General Li Zuocheng Commander People’s Liberation Army (PLA),” Inter-Services Public Relations reported.

The media cell stated that matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest were discussed.

ISPR reported: “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 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 Qaeda (AQ), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and ETIM from Pakistan.”

Chinese delegation expressed concerns over Afghan security situation and ‘growing potential threat’ of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Afghanistan.

“The Chinese leadership expressed their confidence in security arrangements for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and satisfaction on progress of the project,” according to the ISPR.

General Bajwa thanked neighbouring leaders for their defence support and cooperation ‘which is a source of strength for unique all-weather’ friendship between the two countries and their people.

The army chief reiterated that the military shall continue to positively contribute towards regional stability and security. He thanked Chinese leadership for sending PLA Army contingent for participation in Pakistan Day Parade. Agencies

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