China seeks stronger security ties with Pakistan — Analysis

Beijing has confirmed its strategic partnership to Islamabad, and committed to enhancing defense cooperation

Chinese and Pakistani officials agreed to strengthen their collaboration in countering terrorist attacks and other security issues. This is in addition to their efforts to deepen their alliance. “outside forces”To divide the countries.

“Pakistan and China reaffirmed their strategic partnership in challenging times and agreed to continue regular exchange of perspectives on issues of mutual interest,” Islamabad’s military said in a statement on Sunday. Both countries pledged to improve their relations in areas such as technology, training and counterterrorism.

Following talks at a four day visit by the Pakistani military delegation to Beijing, led by General Qamar Javed Baswa (Chief of Army Staff), the agreement was reached. Their Chinese hosts were led by General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission.

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They discussed the perspectives of their delegations on regional and international security. Beijing reportedly asked Bajwa for assistance in stopping attacks on Balochistan against Chinese nationals working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a group of infrastructure projects worth more than $60 billion. 

Several US officials have repeatedly criticized CPEC and claimed that Pakistan would be overburdened by high-cost Chinese loans. Pakistani National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf last week said the CPEC was the target of a “malicious disinformation campaign” and that the initiative was Pakistan’s best opportunity to address its infrastructure woes and become a regional geo-economic hub.

China’s top diplomat in Pakistan, Pang Chunxue, said earlier this month that the CPEC was threatened by a “Cold War mentality.”

“Hostile forces are trying to undermine the development of CPEC as well as the unity and mutual trust between the two countries,”She spoke to reporters in Islamabad.

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Baloch insurgents have reportedly targeted CPEC projects, including natural gas pipelines and electricity transmission towers, because they consider China an imperialist power that seeks to plunder the province’s natural resources.

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