Beijing: Visiting Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has assured China’s top military official Gen Zhang Youxia that the new government, like the Pakistani military, follows a consistent policy of pragmatic cooperation with China.
Gen Zhang is the highest military official as he is the vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) which is the high command of the two-million-strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The CMC is headed by President Xi Jinping.
“The Pakistani military and its new government are consistent in their policy towards China,” Bajwa told Zhang during their meeting here on Tuesday a Chinese defence ministry release quoted him as saying.
His assurance about the new government besides the Pakistan military following a “consistent policy” towards China comes in the backdrop of reports of differences over the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Projects of CPEC, regarded as the flagship initiative in Xi’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), figured high during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s talks with new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad last month.
Pakistan is willing to continue to strengthen pragmatic cooperation with China in the areas of counter-terrorism, equipment technology, and personnel training to ensure the safe and smooth development of CPEC, Bajwa said. PTI