Pakistan Army, PLA key components of Pak-China strategic relations: COAS

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa called Pakistan Army and the People’s Liberation Army the key components of Pakistan-China strategic relations, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations, on Saturday.

Defence Attaché Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Major General Chen Wenrong, along with a delegation, visited the headquarters of the Army’s media wing in relation with the celebrations of the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Chinese army.

DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar welcomed the delegation on behalf of the army chief. The DG ISPR felicitated the PLA on the occasion and conveyed compliments from the COAS and armed forces’ leadership.

“Pakistan Army and the PLA are the key components of Pak-China strategic relations & we are proud to be brothers in arms,” the COAS was quoted as saying.

The visiting delegation expressed gratitude for hosting the commemoration ceremony at the ISPR HQ.

Speaking on the occasion, Major-General Chen Wenrong said that the military relations between China and Pakistan have strengthened over the years.

“The two countries have forged an all-weather strategic partnership and China highly values the efforts made by Pakistan in all fields especially during COVID-19. China-Pakistan friendship will remain evergreen,” he said.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, also sent a message of congratulations on the PLA anniversary, emphasising that the Pakistan-China military relations are an important pillar of the strategic ties between the two countries.

“China looks forward to further expanding and enhancing military cooperation with Pakistan to make new contribution to the consolidation of bilateral relations and the maintenance of peace and stability in the region and beyond,” he stated in the message