BEIJING – Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday arrived in China for a three-day official visit and meet Chinese leadership where both sides agreed to continue and further increase their military to military cooperation.

According to the ISPR, the Army chief held meetings at Beijing with Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, Chief of Joint Services Department Genera Fang Funghui and Commander People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Li Zuocheng.

Matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest were discussed in the meetings.

The Chinese leadership expressed complete understanding of the geo-political and economic-cum-security environment of the region and its implications for both the countries.

They acknowledged positive role being played by Pakistan towards peace and stability in the region with special mention of Pakistan’s role in eliminating terrorist groups including Al-Qaeeda, Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan and ETIM from Pakistan.

Chinese leadership expressed their concern on Afghan security situation and growing potential threat of ISIS/ETIM in Afghanistan. The Chinese leadership expressed their confidence in security arrangements for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and satisfaction on progress of the project.

COAS thanked Chinese leadership for their defence support and cooperation which is a source of strength for unique all-weather friendship between the two countries and their people.

He reiterated that Pakistan Army shall continue to positively contribute towards regional stability and security. COAS thanked Chinese leadership for sending PLA Army contingent for participation in Pakistan Day Parade.

Earlier, on arrival at PLA Army Headquarters, COAS was presented guard of honour.