General Syed Asim Munir, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Sunday and addressed issues of mutual interest, including regional security and defense cooperation, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) release.
According to the ISPR, the army commander underlined Pakistan’s commitment to the China-Pakistan Strategic Relationship during the meeting.
The COAS also expressed complete support for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
He also praised China’s steadfast support for Pakistan on regional and international challenges.
FM Qin Gang emphasized the importance of the brotherly nations’ long-standing strategic cooperation and expressed pleasure with the CPEC progress while reiterating China’s commitment to its early completion.
He also praised Pakistan’s efforts to maintain regional peace and stability, particularly the Pakistan Armed Forces’ support for providing security to Chinese nationals and projects in Pakistan.
The two dignitaries also reviewed the region’s deteriorating security situation. COAS welcomed China’s contribution to fostering regional peace and stability, and both sides agreed to strengthen their current cooperation in the military and security fields to effectively fight mutual security issues.
The meeting ended on a cordial one, with both parties reiterating their determination to strengthen Pakistan and China’s time-tested, all-weather friendship.