Islamabad, 26 November 2022 (TDI): Chinese Embassy in Pakistan shared a congratulatory message to Pakistan’s newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) on 26 November 2022.

Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif officially assigned Lieutenant General Asim Munir as COAS and Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as CJCSC on 24 November 2022.

Ambassador of China to Pakistan, Nong Rong extended congratulations and best wishes to Lt. Gen. Asim Munir and Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza.

The Embassy also appreciated the contributions of General Qamar Javed Bajwa and General Nadeem Raza for the development of bilateral ties between Pakistan and China’s militaries.

In the message, the Chinese Embassy desired the enhancement of longstanding relations between China and Pakistan at a strategic level with Pakistan’s new military command.

China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, the embassy highlighted. Moreover, the Chinese Embassy expresses pride over the time-tested friendship between both states.

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The Embassy of China in Islamabad further showed China’s commitment to working closely with Pakistan’s military and civilian leadership to foster bilateral ties and cooperation.

Both China and Pakistan will build a community of shared future for the benefit of the people of both nations, the region, and the world at large, the Embassy noted.

China-Pakistan Military Relations

China and Pakistan, both neighboring states have close and strong bilateral relations at the economic and military levels.

Military and strategic alliances between both states have strengthened and deepened in recent times through ongoing military projects and agreements at different levels.

After the development of Pakistan-China relations, China has helped Pakistan by establishing ammunition factories, providing technical assistance, and modernizing existing facilities in Pakistan.

All three forces of China and Pakistan have collaborated to enhance military and weaponry systems. Both were involved in the joint development of JF-17 aircraft, Al-Khalid tanks, Airborne early warning & control systems, & Pakistan Naval Ships.

In 2015, Pakistan signed a deal with China to buy eight conventional submarines worth $5bn, one of the biggest arms sales by China in history.

Both countries also conduct different military exercises. In July 2022 Pakistan and China’s navies conducted Sea Guardian 2; a joint maritime exercise.