Pakistan and China stage war games

An Army statement said the exercise showed that Pakistan-China friendship is higher than the mountains and deeper than oceans.

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.

Bureau Report

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