Pakistan and China confirm military partnership amid current challenges

The military leadership of Pakistan and China has reportedly restated their strategic partnership while continuing to demonstrate acknowledgement on issues of mutual interest. This agreement comes at the time when tensions between the United States and China are deepening.

As per reliable sources, the senior-level military deputies of Pakistan visited China to hold extensive discussions with senior officials of the Chinese military and other government departments.

In addition to the top Chinese generals, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the apex committee meeting along with the tri-service delegation.

According to a statement released by the military's media wing, the ISPR, the tri-service delegation held extensive discussions with senior military and government officials of China.

It would be imperative to note that Pakistan’s army chief is the only foreign military leader to visit China on the President’s invitation.

Pak-China Joint Military Cooperation Committee (PCJMCC)- the body responsible for the highest level of military cooperation, was known to be hosting the visit.

Recently, the US and Chinese defense ministers communicated in Singapore on the sidelines of a regional security dialogue. They, however, shared exchanges over issues such as Taiwan and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

According to official reports, Pakistan is also witnessing significant pressures from the West to change its position in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Despite the change of government, Islamabad has been on a tightrope.

In the recent years, Pakistan and China have shown great progress in all fields, including defence. Moreover, Pakistan is the only country to have received the warplanes since its induction into the Chinese military, depicting deepening military ties between the two nations.

For the record, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Pakistan to maintain the balance in relationship between the West and China, given the strategic interests of the US in the region and the threat of a new cold war.

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