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Chinese Media Prominently Projected Gen Raheel Sharif’s visit

BEIJING, May 17 (INP): Chinese State run print and electric media prominently projected Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, highlighting its significance in strengthening military-to-military relationship. The reports released by the Xinhua News agency, received front-page wide coverage in most of the newspapers. According to the media’s reports, the meeting was also significant in context of enhancing bilateral economic and security ties. The reports says, Military-to-military relations have reinforced China-Pakistan ties, especially economic cooperation, Li said, calling on both sides to strengthen high-level contact and deepen exchanges in various fields. Economic cooperation and security collaboration between the two should be pushed forward “like two wheels,” according to the premier. Li also hopes China and Pakistan will increase communication and coordination on global and regional issues to safeguard peace and promote common development and prosperity.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is not only a flagship project between the two sides, but also conducive to development and prosperity of the whole region, stressed Li, saying China appreciates the strong support from Pakistan’s government and military. The premier said the two countries will share opportunities and overcome challenges through joint efforts to benefit the two peoples. The Pakistani army appreciates Pakistan’s profound friendship with China, Raheel Sharif said, stressing the Pakistani side expects achievements from the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and is ready to provide security for cooperation. Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong also met with Raheel Sharif on Monday to promote military-to-military ties between the neighboring countries.

Fan Changlong noted that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners and have a long and profound friendship. At present, he said, in light of a series of important consensuses reached by leaders of the two countries on creating the “China-Pakistan community of common destiny”, both sides are enhancing cooperation in all areas and pushing forward the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Maintaining the security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and creating a safe and stable environment for the two countries’ development is the unshirkable responsibility of the two militaries, Gen. Fan added. He stressed that terrorism is a common threat to the whole humankind, and China appreciates and supports the Pakistani military’s ongoing anti-terrorism actions, resolutely endorses its efforts to safeguard national sovereignty, security and stability, and stands ready to further enhance the pragmatic cooperation with the Pakistani armed forces in all areas and continuously elevate relations between the two militaries.

Pakistan feels proud of the all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation with China, Raheel said. The Pakistani military is grateful to China for its consistent and strong support and is willing to strengthen the pragmatic cooperation between the two militaries, especially the two Armies, Raheel continued. He hoped the two militaries will reinforce exchange of military intelligence and deepen their anti-terrorism cooperation, so as to create a safe and stable environment for the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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