SOURCE: INDIAN TODAY
China and Pakistan have discussed co-producing ballistic missiles and advanced military aircraft as the new Pakistani Army Chief made his first visit to China, State media reported.This comes barely months after Beijing blasted India’s development of ballistic missiles and slammed the fourth test of Agni V as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
After the Agni test Beijing invoked the 1998 UN Security Council Resolution 1172, a non-binding resolution that called on India and Pakistan, after their nuclear tests, to also cease tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads
However, on Thursday Chinese media said “China’s authorisation to Pakistan to produce ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-ship missiles and main battle tanks in Pakistan” was on the agenda as the Pakistani Army Chief visited Beijing.
TALKS OVER VARIOUS WEAPON EXCHANGES
Song Zhongping, a former officer of the PLA Second Artillery Corps (now renamed the PLA Rocket Force), told the Global Times, a tabloid published by the People’s Daily, that other weapon exchanges would be discussed besides missiles, including the “mass production of FC-1 Xiaolong, a lightweight and multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the two countries”.
On Thursday, Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa met top PLA officials including Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, General Fang Fenghui, chief of the Joint Staff Department, and Army Commander General Li Zuocheng.
Unusually for a military chief, he also met Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli, the seventh-ranked leader.
Sources said this underlined the political support to push the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which China has billed as a flagship project of Xi Jinping’s pet One Belt, One Road initiative.
BOTH PARTIES DISCUSS ANTI-TERRORISM COOPERATION
The Pakistani Army Chief pledged to protect Chinese personnel and projects in the CPEC. Shortly after taking over in November, Bajwa visited the special security division of 15,000 troops being raised by Pakistan to protect the CPEC and spoke of “hostile” forces against the project.
On Thursday, both sides also discussed “anti-terrorism cooperation at the meeting, vowing to resolutely strike against terrorist forces including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement”.
“Pakistan’s military is willing to deepen the cooperation with the Chinese army and fully support the Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism in Counter Terrorism by Afghanistan-China-Pakistan-Tajikistan Armed Forces,” Bajwa said.