China values Pak Army’s efforts in fighting ETIM: Gen Fan

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RAWALPINDI, Nov 12 (APP): Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, General Fan Changlong called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif at General Headquarters on Thursday and said China deeply appreciates the determination of Pakistan Army in counter terrorism and the successful operation in various fields.
General Fan Changlong who is heading a high level Chinese Military
delegation said that China values the efforts of Pakistan Army in fighting East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
Terming the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) equally beneficial
to both China and Pakistan, he said both countries are committed to its continuous process and future success.
He said efforts of Pakistan Army in safeguarding CPEC security are
highly appreciated, adding, “We look forward to close cooperation with Pakistan side to ensure proper management and security of CPEC”.
General Fan Changlong particularly expressed his appreciation of the
role played by General Raheel Sharif in realizing CPEC and strengthening relationship between China and Pakistan.
Highlighting Pak-China defence and security cooperation, General Fan
Changlong said, “China and Pakistan are the best iron brothers, good friends and strategic partners.
“We share the tradition of mutual understanding, mutual trust and
mutual support,” he added.
General Raheel Sharif said that Pak – China relations are all weather
and based on mutual trust and cooperation. This relationship has survived the test of times and is only bound to grow.
According to ISPR, this is the first visit of Vice Chairman of Central
Military Commission of China after a lapse of 11 years.
The meeting was followed by delegation level talks. During the
meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security, steps for regional stability and enhanced bilateral defence collaboration came under discussion.
Earlier on arrival at General Headquarters a smartly turned out
contingent of Pakistan Army presented Guard of Honour to visiting dignitary, who laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhuda and paid rich tribute to Shuhada of Pakistan.