Islamabad: Pakistan and China are staging joint military exercises, showcasing their relationship as Islamabad`s ties with Washington suffer.
The war games that began on Monday follow remarks by Pakistani officials suggesting that China could step into the economic, military and diplomatic void if Pakistan`s relationship with the United States collapsed.
An Army statement says the exercise in Punjab province showed that the "Pakistan-China friendship is higher than the mountains and deeper than oceans”"
It was the fourth military exercise between the two nations since 2004.
Washington has courted Pakistan`s Army since 2001, but the raid on Osama bin Laden in May and disagreements over Afghanistan have poisoned the relationship over the last 1 1/2 years.