COAS hold meetings with senior Chinese political, military leadership

BEIJING (China), March 18 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa here on Thursday met the senior Chinese political and military leadership and discussed matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest.
The COAS, who arrived here on a three-day official visit, met
Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, Chief of Joint Services Department
General Fang Funghui and Commander People’s Liberation Army (PLA)
General Li Zuocheng, according to ISPR Director General Maj Gen
Asif Ghafoor.
Matters related to regional security, economy, defence
cooperation and mutual interest were discussed.
The Chinese leadership expressed complete understanding of the
geo-political and economic-cum-security environment of the region
and its implications for both the countries.
They acknowledged positive role being played by Pakistan
towards peace and stability in the region with special mention of
the country’s role in eliminating terrorist groups including,
Al Qaeda (AQ), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and East Turkestan
Islamic Movement (ETIM) from Pakistan.
The Chinese leadership expressed their concern on Afghan
security situation and growing potential threat of Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) / ETIM in Afghanistan.
The Chinese leadership expressed their confidence in security
arrangements for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and
satisfaction on progress of the project.
The COAS thanked Chinese leadership for their defence support
and cooperation, which, he said, was a source of strength for unique
all-weather friendship between the two countries and their people.
He reiterated that Pakistan Army would continue to positively
contribute towards regional stability and security.
The COAS thanked the Chinese leadership for sending a PLA
contingent for participation in Pakistan Day Parade.
Both the sides agreed to continue and further increase their
military to military cooperation.
Earlier on arrival at PLA Army Headquarters, the COAS was
presented guard of honour.