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Pakistan, China sign mutual military cooperation agreement

A high-powered delegation led by General Ma Xiaotian, Deputy Chief
of General Staff of China’s People Liberation Army (PLA), on Tuesday
visited Joint Staff Headquarters Chaklala and signed a document
concerning mutual military cooperation.
General Ma Xiaotian called
on General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
Committee (CJCSC) and discussed matters related to the ongoing mutual
cooperation between the two Armed Forces.
According to ISPR here,
the visit of Chinese delegation commences the start of 9th Round of
Pak-China Defence and Security Talks, which dilate upon the defence and
security relations between the two countries.
General Ma Xiaotian
appreciated the role played by the people and Armed Forces of Pakistan
specially the efforts in fighting terrorism.
He reiterated that
the cooperation in different fields between the two Armed Forces will
continue with a renewed resolve and commitment towards each other.
A document concerning mutual military cooperation was also signed by the two sides.
General Ma Xiaotian also met Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
Meanwhie,
the six-member Chinese delegation, led by  General Ma Xiaotian, called
on Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf at the Prime Minister’s House and
discussed with him matters of bilateral interests.
The prime
minister said: “We are proud of our excellent relations with China with
whom we have a strategic partnership. Our cooperation with China on
regional and international fora is exemplary.”
Pakistan attaches a
great importance to its relationship with China, said Raja, adding that
Islamabad is grateful to Beijing for its assistance in development
projects.
The prime minister also expressed his government’s
resolve to stamp out terrorism. Raja said: “Parliamentary democracy is
taking roots in the country.” About his recent visit to China, the prime
minister said that he held talks with his Chinese counterpart at
Tianjin where he participated in the World Economic Forum. He thanked
the Chinese premier for expediting dispatch of equipment and machinery
for work on the Attabad lake and widening of Karakorum Highway. The
equipment and machinery had reached Pakistan, he added.
General Ma
conveyed greetings and best wishes of his prime minister to Raja. He
said: “The Sino-Pak friendship is of strategic significance and this
relationship will deepen.”
The Chinese general said the
Pakistan-China relations are unique in nature though the two states had
different history, culture and ideology. “Our strategic relationship is
consistent with our need for socio-economic development.
Our
friendly relations with Pakistan are backed by our social economic and
cultural cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, energy,
agriculture, education and health.”
The general thanked Pakistan
for its unflinching support to China on all international fora and
assured of China’s continued support to Pakistan.

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