COAS Visits China
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited China during a 3 days official tour. The visit included his interactions with Chinese senior political and military leadership.
COAS held meetings in 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). Matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest were discussed.
The Chinese leadership expressed complete understanding of the geo-political, economic and 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 East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), from Pakistan. Chinese leadership expressed their concern on Afghan security situation and growing potential threat of ISIS/ETIM in Afghanistan. The Chinese leadership expressed their confidence in security arrangements for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and satisfaction on progress of the project.
COAS thanked Chinese leadership for their support in defence and cooperation which is a source of strength for 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 contingent for participation in Pakistan Day Parade.
Both sides agreed to continue and further increase their military to military cooperation.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also met Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi at Chinese Foreign Office Beijing. The minister expressed complete understanding of challenges faced by Pakistan, its geo-political relevance and contributions towards regional peace and stability. He said that China appreciates Pakistan's efforts to maintain good relationships with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan despite challenges. The minister thanked Pakistan for time tested support to China on core issues, and appreciated Pakistan's efforts for realization of CPEC as part of One Belt, One Road (OBOR). He reiterated Chinese full spectrum support to Pakistan.
COAS thanked the minister and China on their acknowledgements and support. He said that Pakistan greatly values its strong friendship with China and looks forward to carry on with same zeal. COAS thanked the minister for Chinese diplomatic support to Pakistan on core issues.