BEIJING, April 26 -- General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), met with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir in Beijing on the afternoon of April 26.
Gen. Zhang said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and iron-clad friends. The long-lasting mutual trust and friendship between the two countries, as solid as rocks, are important factors for the regional and even world peace, stability and prosperity.
He stressed that no matter how the international situation changes, China always puts Pakistan in priority in its neighborhood diplomacy, and firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty, territorial integrity, development interests and national dignity.
China is willing to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era. Chinese military is willing to work with the Pakistani military to further deepen and expand practical cooperation, continuously push mil-to-mil relationship to a higher level, and jointly safeguard the common interests of the two countries, as well as the regional peace and stability, General Zhang added.
Gen. Asim Munir said that the friendship between Pakistan and China is higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, and sweeter than honey. No matter how the international and regional situation changes, Pakistan will firmly support China's core interests concerning Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xinjiang and the South China Sea.
He said that the Pakistani side is willing to further strengthen strategic communication, practical exchanges and counter-terrorism cooperation with the Chinese military, jointly enhance the abilities to respond to various security challenges, and contribute to international and regional peace and stability.