*Author: Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Founding Chair GSRRA, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Editor, Analyst, and Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization). (E-mail: [email protected]). *
General Asim Munir, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), was in Beijing for a four-day official trip. It is a matter of routine, and almost all previous Army Chiefs have visited China. However, his visit is a significant event in fostering forward and building a strong Pakistan-China strategic alliance amidst the growing regional security challenges. During his visit, General Munir met with high-ranking Chinese military officials and discussed matters of mutual interest, including enhancing defense cooperation and exploring new avenues for cooperation in the fields of security and defense.
The highlight of General Munir's visit was his meeting with China's Minister of National Defense, General Wei Fenghe, where they exchanged views on regional security, counter-terrorism, and military-to-military exchanges. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen military ties and cooperation, which will help promote peace and stability in the region.
He also visited various Chinese military installations and defense industries, where he was briefed on the latest military technologies and innovations. The COAS also lauded China's remarkable achievements in the defense sector and expressed its keen interest in further enhancing defense cooperation between the two countries.
Furthermore, General Munir visited various Chinese military installations and defense industries, where he was briefed on the latest military technologies and innovations. The COAS also lauded China's remarkable achievements in the defense sector and expressed its keen interest in further enhancing defense cooperation between the two countries.
China and Pakistan have a long-standing and close defense cooperation, which has strengthened the strategic ties between the two countries. This cooperation has not only benefited both nations but also contributed positively to regional stability.
Over the years, China has been a major supplier of defense equipment to Pakistan, including fighter jets, submarines, and missile systems. In addition, China has provided Pakistan with technical assistance in developing its indigenous defense industry. This has helped Pakistan to enhance its defense capabilities and strengthen its national security.
Moreover, the defense cooperation between China and Pakistan has also led to joint military exercises and training programs, which have improved the interoperability and coordination between the armed forces of both countries. These joint exercises have also helped in building trust and confidence between the two militaries.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is another significant aspect of the bilateral relationship between the two countries, which has a strong defense dimension. CPEC is a flagship project of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and aims to connect China's western region with Pakistan's Gwadar port through a network of highways, railways, and pipelines. The project is expected to enhance the economic development of Pakistan and create job opportunities for its people. At the same time, it will also provide China with a strategic access point to the Indian Ocean.
The defense cooperation between China and Pakistan has been a mutually beneficial relationship, which has strengthened the strategic ties between the two countries. This cooperation has not only improved the defense capabilities of Pakistan but also contributed positively to regional stability. The joint military exercises and training programs have enhanced the interoperability and coordination between the armed forces of both countries. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has the potential to transform the economic landscape of Pakistan and provide China with a strategic access point to the Indian Ocean.
Overall, General Asim Munir's visit to China was a significant step forward in further strengthening the already strong bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit provided an opportunity for both sides to exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual concern and explore new avenues for cooperation in the fields of defense, security, and beyond.
It is worth mentioning that, the close friendship and cooperation between China and Pakistan are only for mutual interests and neither pose any threat to any third country nor aimed against any third nation. Our relations are boosting regional security, and prosperity and are beneficial for the entire region.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)