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Pakistan, Chinese militaries pledge to boost counter-terrorism cooperation – Reuters

A Pakistani military delegation consisting of three senior military personnel, led by Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited China, where both sides pledged to strengthen their “cooperation in training, technology and the fight against terrorism”.

In a press release on Sunday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the Pakistan Armed Forces delegation visited China from June 9 to 12.

The delegation had in-depth discussions with senior officials from the Chinese military and other government departments.

“[The] The supreme meeting was held on June 12 in which the Pakistani side was led by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while the Chinese side was led by the General Zhang Youxia, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China.

The two sides, the statement said, discussed their views on the international and regional security situation and expressed satisfaction with the defense cooperation between the two countries.

“Pakistan and China reaffirmed their strategic partnership in these difficult times and agreed to continue the regular exchange of views on issues of mutual interest,” the ISPR said, adding that the two sides stood together. further committed to strengthening their cooperation in training, technology and counter-terrorism within the three services. level.

Earlier this week, Chinese Chargé d’Affaires Pang Chunxue and Pakistani leaders met at the 7th CPEC Media Forum in Islamabad and warned of growing threats to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). because of fake news and misinformation about the development megaproject and highlighted the need for cooperation to counter it.

“False propaganda and misinformation about CPEC are on the increase. Hostile forces are trying to undermine the development of CPEC, as well as the unity and mutual trust between the two countries,” said Chinese Charge d’Affaires Pang Chunxue.

CPEC was widely projected in Pakistan as a game changer that would influence the geostrategic, geoeconomic and geopolitical dynamics of the region; and as a response to its infrastructure shortcomings.

But, at the same time, the media spread skepticism about it by highlighting the possibility of Pakistan falling into the trap of Chinese debt, the alleged lack of transparency in the projects and the environmental impact of the projects, in especially coal-fired power plants.

During this meeting, Speaker of the National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, in his opening speech, highlighted the importance of CPEC, saying that it is the best bet for the country to become the geo-economic center of the region, but regretted that he had been “victim of malicious attacks”. disinformation campaign” led by the “critics” of CPEC and China.

Pang also spoke about the seriousness of this challenge. “False propaganda and misinformation about CPEC are on the rise. Hostile forces are trying to undermine the development of CPEC, as well as the unity and mutual trust between the two countries,” she said.

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