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China Pakistan Strategic cooperative partnership growing to new heights

China Pakistan Strategic cooperative partnership growing to new heights

A very high powered Pakistan delegation is visiting China. The Chief of Army Staff held meetings with the Chinese Minister for Public Security Meng Jianzhu, and the Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guangli. It is expected that a sleuth of new agreements will be signed between China and Pakistan. The Chinese Vice President will be visiting Pakistan next month. In typical Chinese style, many of the agreements will not be announced ‘till later—leaving many guessing. After every major trip, the Bharati (aka Indian) reporters have a field day on what was agreed upon and what was not agreed upon.

The Chinese Pakistan relationship is not one of hoopla and fluff. On many occasions, the Pakistanis present ideas to the Chinese. On other occasions, the Chinese themselves present long term visionary designs for Pakistan.

Pakistan was wise to resolve its boundary dispute with China and regularize its border with China. The gift of 5000 square miles to China helped China consolidate its hold to Tibet. It was Prime Minister Nehru’s plan to grab all of Tibet (which was defined as half of China). After getting the territory from Pakistan, Beijing was able to consolidate its land link to Tibet—and then had the ability to combat Bharat in 1962 when Bharat had plans to invade China.

Bharati currency was banned in Tibet, and Bharati influences exterminated. Nehru’s dream of a greater Bharat were thus extinguished.

China has not forgotten the times in the sixties when it was isolated with diplomatic relations with Alabania and Pakistan only. The USSR and its allies had broken off relations with China after a Soviet-Mao rift.

There is a colossal tide of goodwill for China in Pakistan—and this goodwill transcends the political spectrum from the Communist Party of Pakistan to  the mainstream PML and the PPP to the Ultra-Right wing parties like the Jamaat e Islami and the Jamiat e Ulema Islam. The ANP a very long time ago used to be Pro-Soviet, but after the demise of the USSR, that relationship died.

Pakistanis anxiously await the visit of the Chinese VP. The visit of the Defense establishment is a prelude to the bigger visit.

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BEIJING: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani held a meeting with the Chinese defence minister on Thursday, in which both sides pledged to strengthen defence ties.

Kayani, who is currently on a five-day official visit to China, said Pakistan valued its defence and security ties with China, noting that cooperation in the defence sector had been very ‘fruitful’ in recent years, according to the Xinhua news agency.
“Cooperation between the Chinese and Pakistani armed forces is exemplary and has been fruitful,” Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guangli said during the meeting held at the Diaoyutai State Guest House.

He said China would join hands with Pakistan to bring defence cooperation to a new high.

Later, Kayani met Chinese Minister for Public Security Meng Jianzhu, top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo, and the vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Guo Boxiong.

Bangguo said Beijing would work towards promoting a strategic cooperative partnership with Pakistan. He spoke highly of the cooperation between the two neighbours’ armed forces, saying that joint efforts to combat the “East Turkistan Islamic Movement” bore testament to the fact that Pakistan-China relations are on track.

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