Senior military leader meets with Pakistani chief of army staff

China Military
Zhang Tao
Gen. Fan Changlong (R), vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), shakes hands with visiting Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Bajwa in Beijing, March 16, 2017. (Photo by Li Xiaowei)

BEIJING, March 16 (ChinaMil) -- Gen. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Bajwa in Beijing on the morning of March 16, 2017. The two sides had in-depth exchange of views on the mil-to-mil relations, regional security and other issues of common concern.

Fan said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and peoples of the two countries maintain a fraternal friendship.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship project of "One Belt, One Road" initiative, Fan continued, leaders of both countries have attached great importance to it and positive progress has been made.

Fan hoped that both sides would make joint efforts to develop the CPEC into a landmark project connecting regional countries and realizing common development.

Gen. Fan Changlong also expressed that the mil-to-mil relationship is an important part of China-Pakistan relations. Over recent years, the two militaries have carried out all-round cooperation in such fields as mutual visits, joint exercises and training, exchanges among military academies and so forth.

Fan stressed that China appreciates Pakistani military’s positive efforts to safeguard the security of the CPEC and is willing to further strengthen the cooperation with Pakistan, so as to promote the pragmatic cooperation between the two militaries in all fields to a new high.

Bajwa noted that Pakistan and China enjoy a special friendly relationship with each other and have a common destiny. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has significant meaning for the economic development of both countries and will certainly bring benefits to neighboring countries.

Pakistan is willing to work with China to firmly fight against the terrorist forces, so as to guarantee a complete success of the CPEC project, Bajwa added.

Li Zuocheng, commander of the PLA Army, Shao Yuanming, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department under China's CMC, also attended the meeting.

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