China to give 4 trainer aircraft to Pak Air Force

Seeking to cement its close defence ties with Islamabad, China agreed to provide four trainer aircraft.

Last Updated: May 24, 2010, 21:17 PM IST

Islamabad: Seeking to cement its close
defence ties with Islamabad, China on Monday agreed to provide
four trainer aircraft and nearly USD 9 million to Pakistan to
train its armed forces.

The two countries signed agreements to implement
decisions made during a meeting between Defence Minister
Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar and his Chinese counterpart Gen Liang
Guangile here.

China will provide the four trainer aircraft to the
Pakistan Air Force. The 60 million yuan (USD 8.78 million)
will be used to fund various training programmes.

The two sides discussed bilateral defence cooperation,
the geo-strategic situation in the region and Pakistan`s
anti-terror efforts.

They agreed to increase military cooperation and
strategic communication at all levels to overcome challenges
facing the two countries.

China is the biggest arms supplier to Pakistan.
The meeting also agreed to hold joint exercises by the
militaries to promote and increase interaction and closer
collaboration between their armed forces.

While discussing the regional security environment,
the two sides emphasised the need for joint efforts to weed
out terrorism.

They also agreed to share intelligence as this is
essential for defeating terrorists.

Liang assured Mukhtar that China will continue to
provide military and economic assistance to Pakistan.

China will also continue to support Pakistan`s stance
on different issues at every international forum, he said.

Later, Liang also met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani, who said China and Pakistan have common perceptions on
regional and international security and strategic issues.

Gilani said Pakistan-China defence and security
interaction is playing a positive role in this regard.

Over the years, the comprehensive partnership between
the two countries has matured into a multi-dimensional
"strategic cooperative partnership" that is of great
importance for peace and security in the region, Gilani said.

Expressing satisfaction at the progress of projects to
supply JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and F22-P frigates to
Pakistan, Gilani said the induction of the F22-P warship has
enhanced country`s capability to safeguard territorial waters.

Gilani appreciated China`s decision to extend credit
facilities to Pakistan’s armed forces to purchase defence
equipment.

He also underlined Pakistan`s urgent requirements,
including helicopters and night vision devices, for effective
operations against militants.

PTI