RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is on a three-day official visit to China, met Chinese civilian and military leaders in Beijing on Thursday.
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS held meetings with 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.
The meetings discussed matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interests.
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 Pakistan’s role in eliminating terrorist groups including Al Qaeda (AQ), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and ETIM from Pakistan.
Chinese leadership expressed their concerns on Afghan security situation and growing potential threat of 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 is source of strength for unique all weather friendship between the two countries and their people.
He reiterated that Pakistan Army shall continue to positively contribute towards regional stability and security. COAS thanked Chinese leadership for sending PLA Army contingent for participation in Pakistan Day Parade.
Both sides agreed to continue and further increase their military to military cooperation.
Earlier, on arrival at PLA Army Headquarters, COAS was presented guard of honour.