Jueves, 23 Marcha, 2017

CPEC development won't affect stance on Kashmir: China

Significance of Gwadar Port in CPEC PM visits Gwadar to Review Development Projects Gwadar Mass production of aircraft, missiles top of agenda at Pak-China military meet: Experts
Manuel Armenta | 21 Marcha, 2017, 03:01

"From the news release we didn't see anything on an agreement on ballistic missiles", ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

But the Chinese foreign ministry spoke in a different voice when asked on Friday if the issue was discussed during the recent visit of Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, Qamar Javed Bajwa.

"The Chinese leadership expressed complete understanding of the geo-political and economic-cum-security environment of the region and its implications for both the countries", a statement issued by the Pakistani military said.

Gen Qamar also thanked the minister for Chinese diplomatic support to Pakistan on core issues.

The report has been shared by official Chinese media. Pakistan is heavily reliant on its defence needs from China.

To ensure the smooth construction of the CPEC, the Pakistan armed forces will resolutely safeguard its security, he said. By joining Pakistan in building missiles, China may seem to be encouraging violation of United Nations resolutions, as it saw it. Last December reacting to India's successful test firing of Agni-V missile, Hua referred to the particular UNSC resolution.

The CPEC passes through Gilgit-Baltistan, a region which India claims is part of their territory. Agni-V, the 5000 km range intercontinental ballistic missile was widely regarded as a strategic missile meant for China as it can reach nearly all parts of Chinese mainland.

The weapons exchanges include the mass production of FC-1 Xiaolong, a lightweight and multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the two countries, reported Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party's news outlet.

China has given "authorisation to Pakistan to produce ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-ship missiles and main battle tanks in Pakistan", the tabloid stated, according to India Today.

Song Zhongping, a military expert who served in the Second Artillery Corps now known as the PLA Rocket Force, explained the rationale governing China-Pakistan military cooperation.

Pakistani Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid, on Tuesday, had stated that Pakistan has deployed more than 15,000 troops to protect the CPEC, apart from raising a naval contingent to barricade Gwadar Port.

During the meeting between Vice Premier Zhang and Gen Bajwa, the two sides agreed to advance the CPEC project, China's state run Xinhua news agency reported.