BEIJING – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa received special protocol in China as he has become a rare Army Chief to meet the Chinese President.
He called on Chinese President Xi Jinping on special invitation on Wednesday.
According to a press release issued by the ISPR, both discussed regional security environment, challenges and way forward.
The Chinese president said: “Pakistan is our time tested iron friend and Pakistan Army has a pivotal role towards this lasting relationship.”
He appreciated professionalism of Pakistan armed forces and acknowledged its role towards regional peace and stability. He said that China will continue to support Pakistan as a strategic partner.
“Those who oppose Belt and Road Initiative (SRI) or China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will never succeed as this is an initiative of peace and development not only for China but for region and beyond,” the Chinese president observed.
COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa thanked the Chinese president for his invitation. He also thanked the President for acknowledging professionalism and contributions of Pak Army towards regional peace and stability.
The COAS said that Pakistan understands the importance of peace and has given lot of sacrifices for achieving it. He said that SRI with CPEC as its flagship is destined to succeed despite all odds and Pak Army shall ensure security of CPEC at all costs.
COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa said: “While we work for peace, we need to stay strong to thwart designs of all inimical forces challenging our resolve. We greatly value Chinese support in this regard.”