China, Pak `pledge to further boost` their military ties

Bracing up to hold a 20-day joint exercise between their Air Forces, China and Pakistan on Saturday "pledged to further boost" the cooperation between the two militaries.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2013, 13:07 PM IST

Beijing: Bracing up to hold a 20-day joint exercise between their Air Forces, China and Pakistan on Saturday "pledged to further boost" the cooperation between the two militaries.

Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang met Pakistan`s chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Khalid Shameem Wynne and the two generals "pledged to further boost military cooperation between the two countries", official media reported here today.

Xu said China and Pakistan are good neighbors, good friends, good partners and good brothers, and the practical military-to-military cooperation will not only benefit the two countries, but also help to safeguard peace and stability in the region, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Hailing the traditional friendship and the smooth development of the military ties between the two sides, Wynne said he looks forward to more exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries to address challenges with joint efforts.

Both Wynne and his Chinese counterpart Fang Fenghui co-chaired the 10th China-Pakistan defense and security consultation in Beijing held yesterday.

The meeting came ahead of the joint exercises by both Air Forces to be held from September 2 to 22 in China`s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, bordering Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

The drill, code-named "Shaheen (Eagle)-2," will be held in Hetian Prefecture, China`s Defence Ministry said earlier.

PTI