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Pakistan, China Ink Pact to boost Defence Cooperation

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ISLAMABAD, 1 December, 2020, (TON): Pakistan and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for enhancing defence cooperation between the two armies, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday. 

The development comes during a meeting of Minister of National Defence China General Wei Fenghe with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. 

Chinese visiting dignitary also acknowledged and appreciated the Pakistan Army’s sincere efforts for regional peace and provision of secure environment for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, according to the military's media wing. 

Matters of mutual interest, regional security and enhanced bilateral defence collaboration were discussed during the meeting. 

The army chief thanked the national defence minister for China’s unwavering support to Pakistan on all key issues at regional and international forums. He said that Pakistan Army greatly values "our time-tested and brotherly relations with China". 

Both the dignitaries discussed matters related to changing geostrategic environment and further strengthening of security and defence cooperation between the two countries, the ISPR said. 

Earlier on arrival at the GHQ Pakistan Army presented the guard of honour to the visiting dignitary. 

China has proved to be an increasing source of stability and security of Pakistan. Both countries have developed closer defence cooperation with each other. There have been frequent military exchanges between the two-armed forces and have signed a number of defence agreements to promote defence cooperation to take existing bilateral military cooperation to new heights. 

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