Barely months after slamming India’s development and testing of ballistic missiles, including the Agni-V and calling it a violation of the resolutions of the United Nations Security council, China is all set to authorise Pakistan in the development of ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-ship missiles and battle tanks in the country. According to reports by the Chinese media, the relation between both the countries would be enhanced in the military sector after the authorisation and help in weapons and anti-terrorism sectors. The two sides met on Thursday and vowed to protect their interests in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
According to the Chinese Ministry of National Defence’s website, the strategic partnership had been discussed and furthered during the meeting of Fang Fenghui, chief of the Joint Staff Department under the Central Military Commission of China with newly appointed Pakistani Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa. According to the Chinese media experts, the topic of exchange of weapons, and the mass production of the FC-1 Xiaolong(lightweight and multi-role combat aircraft), which has been developed by both China and Pakistan will be the biggest agenda of the meeting. General Bajwa is also known to have had meetings with General Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission and the chief of Joint Staff Department, General Fang Fenghui and General Li Zuocheng. It was his unusual meeting with the seventh-ranked leader in China, Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli that raise eyebrows.
Pakistani Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid addressed a press conference on Tuesday saying that Pakistan has been able to deploy about 15,000 troops for the protection of the CPEC. Although according to the official reports and statements, both the countries are taking such steps to curb down terrorist threats in Pakistan, it must be noted the China had slammed India’s involvement in development and testing of ballistic missiles even though, the latter has been facing similar threats, and quite often from Pakistan for a number of years now.