China to fund weapon building in Pakistan

Mass production of aircraft, missiles top of agenda at Pak-China military meet: Experts

Mass production of aircraft, missiles top of agenda at Pak-China military meet: Experts

The development came during Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa's three-day trip to China, ISPR said in a statement.

"Today 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)". "What I can tell you is China and Pakistan maintain normal defence exchanges and relevant cooperation".

China and Pakistan agreed to continue and further increase military cooperation, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The Chinese minister thanked Pakistan for "time-tested" support to China on core issues and appreciated Pakistan's efforts for the realisation of CPEC as part of "One Belt, One Road".

Earlier, the Chiese foreign ministry said then that the "UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons".

The CPEC passes through Gilgit-Baltistan, a region which India claims is part of their territory.

Weapon exchanges, including the mass production of FC-1 Xiaolong, a lightweight and multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the two countries, will be furthered after the meeting, said Song.

Song Zhongping, a military expert who served in the Second Artillery Corps now known as the PLA Rocket Force, explained the rationale governing China-Pakistan military cooperation.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesperson for the Pakistani military, said one of Bajwa's main priorities is to ensure the safety of projects being built along the corridor's route.

Pakistani Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid, on Tuesday, had stated that Pakistan has deployed more than 15,000 troops to protect the CPEC, apart from raising a naval contingent to barricade Gwadar Port.

"They acknowledged the 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, Tehreek-e-Taliban and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from Pakistan", it said.