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China, Pakistan agree to increase military cooperation

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and on Thursday agreed to continue and further increase military cooperation, the (ISPR) said.

The development came during Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa's three-day trip to China, ISPR said in a statement.

The army chief thanked the Chinese leadership for their defence support and cooperation and termed it as a source of strength between the two countries.

General Bajwa is expected to hold meetings with China's senior political and military leadership.

He met Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, Chief of Joint Services Department General Fang Funghui and General Li Zuocheng Commander People's Liberation Army (PLA).

The Chinese leadership on the occasion also expressed their complete understanding of the geo-political and security environment of the region.

China's leadership appreciated Pakistan's fight against terrorism with a special mention of eliminating Al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and the East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), added the ISPR statement.

blames ETIM for carrying out attacks in its far western region of Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people. had long urged Islamabad to weed out what it says are militants from Xinjiang.

China, during the meetings held, also expressed concern over the growing threat of the Islamic State and ETIM in Afghanistan.

They expressed their satisfaction on the security measures taken to safeguard the China-Economic Corridor.



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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 19:28 IST