China and Pakistan have signed a military cooperation agreement to strengthen their close security ties, as Chinese Defense Minister and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Wei Fenghe met with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad and visited Rawalpindi military headquarters.
General Wei on Tuesday met with Pakistani President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan. He called on both countries to “push military and military relations to the next level, so that together they can address various challenges, firmly defend the sovereignty and security of both countries and safeguard regional peace and stability,” Chinese media reported.
On Monday, both soldiers signed the MoU following a meeting between Gen. Wei and Pakistan’s Army Chief of Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, at the General Headquarters, according to Pakistani media reports. The two “exchanged in-depth views on state and regional conditions, bilateral relations with the military, equipment and technology cooperation and other issues,” China’s official news report said.
Although details of the new MoU were not immediately available, following another agreement signed last year, when Chinese Deputy Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) General Xu Qiliang visited Rawalpindi for security cooperation and “building the strength of the Pakistani Army”.
General Wei also discussed ongoing projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in which the Pakistani military is playing a more prominent role.
Before the trip of Gen. Wei, China’s newly appointed ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong has conducted a “complete review” of CPEC projects with Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa (retd.), In charge of the CPEC Authority.
China’s Defense Minister also held talks with Pakistan’s Nadeem Raza Co-operative Staff Committee, and both sides “reaffirmed their commitment to the ‘Iron Brotherhood’ and ‘All-Weather’ alliance.