Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, said the ‘all-weather’ friendship between the two countries is a strategic choice. (Agencies)
"China and Pakistan should continue to enhance pragmatic military cooperation to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability," he said.
During his meeting with Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Chang said bilateral military ties ‘should become closer in the face of ever-changing international and regional security situations’.
Chang also called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who said Pakistan deeply values China's support for its national security and territorial integrity.
China has emerged as the largest international investor in Pakistan, where it is pumping in billions of dollars in sectors like energy and telecommunications.
The two countries are also working on the ambitious Kashgar-Gwadar trade corridor that will pass through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which borders the restive Xinjiang province.
The project includes construction of a 200-km tunnel that will facilitate trade and commuters.
Sharif expressed confidence that the cooperation between Pakistan and China will continue to grow. Chang reiterated his government's support for Pakistan.
Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, said the ‘all-weather’ friendship between the two countries is a strategic choice.