Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday held high-level meetings with senior members of China’s armed forces as they praised Pakistan’s “principled” and “sane” stance on Kashmir.
Islamabad and Beijing enjoy close defence and strategic ties and China has become the largest arms supplier to Pakistan in recent years. The air force’s JF-17 Thunder aircraft is a good example of the close relations between the two ‘all-weather friends’.
The military’s media wing, in a statement, said the army chief also apprised Chinese military leadership regarding the consequences of the ongoing situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
During the meeting, General Bajwa and China’s military leaders agreed “that continued unresolved Pak-India tensions will have serious implications for peace and stability in the region”.
“COAS apprised them that Pakistan looks forward to peace but that shall not be at the cost [of] any compromise on principles or honour and dignity of the nation,” added the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The army chief further said India needs to respect UN resolutions on Kashmir and ensure the provision of human rights to Kashmiris.
General Bajwa’s met with People’s Liberation Army Commander Army General Han Weiguo and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) General Xu Qiliang at PLA HQ.
Defence cooperation between the two countries was also discussed. In recent years, Pakistan has looked more towards China for the supply of high-tech defence equipment as Islamabad’s relations with Washington have nosedived, with the US withholding Coalition Support Funds and other defence equipment purchases.
Afghan peace and rising tensions in the Gulf were also discussed during the huddle.
On arrival, the army chief was accorded a guard of honour by a smartly turned-out contingent of the PLA.