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November 19, 2011

Joint military programme: ‘Pakistan, China troops to enhance battle competence’

Pakistan-China Joint military exercise will provide an opportunity to troops of both countries to gain from each other’s experience, Inspector General Training and Evaluation Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain said on Friday.

Speaking as the chief guest during an opening ceremony of the two-week-long joint exercise (YOUYI-IV-2011) held near Jhelum between the Pakistan and Chinese armies, he said China has always been a close friend of Pakistan and the armies of both countries continue to maintain strong ties with each other.

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November 16, 2011

Azerbaijan interested in purchase of Pakistani-Chinese JF-17 combat aircraft

JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft on display at the Dubai air show 2011. (Photo: APA)

Azerbaijan intends to purchase JF-17 combat aircrafts jointly produced by Pakistan and China

09:25 GMT, November 16, 2011 Baku | As Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), which displayed its products in Dubai Airshow-2011 in UAE, told APA, Azerbaijan shows interest in JF-17 Thunder combat aircrafts jointly produced by Pakistan and China and announced its intention to purchase aircrafts of this type.
The JF-17 Thunder performed flight displays over the Dubai airport during the air show. Members of the Azerbaijani delegation also watched the flights.
Referring to negotiations held with Azerbaijan, company officials said that the discussions have not entered the phase of signing a contract yet. The company is currently executing the orders of the Pakistani Air Forces; the export to Azerbaijan could be realised in the upcoming years. According to the company, the negotiating parties are determining the annual amount of the possible order.
Offering a high manoeuvrability, JF-17 Thunder aircraft have the same or even superior capabilities to the MiG-29 aircraft of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. By introducing this asset into its inventory the Azerbaijani Armed Forces could increase their combat effectiveness.
PAC company officials said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan have high-level relations. Islamabad supports Baku’s positions and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and provided military assistance to the country since the very beginning. Taking these relations into consideration, there will be no problems in the sale of fighter aircraft to Azerbaijan.
According to company’s representatives, within the Pakistan-China cooperation, the production of a Block-2 version of the JF-17 Thunder will soon be launched. This model will be equipped with the newest electronic warfare systems, as well as additional weapon systems. In addition, a two-seat configuration of the aircraft is being developed.
The length of the JF-17 is 14,97 m. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 12474 kg, a combat radius of 1352 km and reaches a maximum speed of 1909 km/h.
A 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel cannon, four air-to-air missiles, one air-to-surface missile, as well as Mk-82, Mk-84 general purpose bombs, GBU-10, GBU-12, LT-2 laser-guided bombs, Matra Durandal anti-runway bombs, CBU-100/Mk-20 Rockeye anti-armour cluster bombs, are among the possible armament of the JF-17. (APA/Rashad Suleymanov)

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November 16, 2011

Chinese media report on JF-17 aircraft at Dubai Air Show

November 15, 2011

Pak-China joint Military Excercises at Jhelum

Pakistan-China Joint Military Exercise YOUYI-IV commenced Monday near Jhelum.

According to ISPR, the joint exercise, spread over a period of two weeks, is aimed at sharing mutual exchange of experience and information through a comprehensive training programme in real time.

This exercise is fourth in the series in which Special Forces from both sides will participates. Exercise YOUYI-IV is a Brigade level joint exercise between the two armies. Chinese Army being well equipped and highly technical in nature is very meticulous, keen and equally professional in their approach. During last joint exercise in China they demonstrated high sense of professionalism and friendship towards Pakistan.

Exercise YOUYI which literally translates “FRIENDSHIP” between two countries started in 2004. So far three exercises have been conducted including two in China and one in Pakistan. These exercises were mandated to boost existing professional relationship between the two friendly Armies.

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan and China enjoy extremely close and brotherly relations since their inception, which have matured and strengthened over the years. The forthcoming Joint Military Exercise YOUYI-IV will certainly pave the way for further cementing the existing bilateral relations between the two countries.

Senior Military leadership from both sides will also attend the Exercise. The YOUYI-IV exercise will be a true manifestation to a famous Chinese phrase “Pakistan China friendship is higher than the mountains and deeper than oceans”.

November 10, 2011

Pakistan, China to hold military drills next week

Pakistan, China to hold military drills next week

The exercise, named YOUYI (Friendship), will begin on November 16 and continue for two weeks.
The joint exercise is aimed at mutual exchange of experience and information through a comprehensive training program in real time, the sources said.
The exercise will encompass techniques and procedures involved in Low Intensity Conflict Operations (LIC) environment. This joint interaction in form of military exercise aims at sharing and enhancing expertise of both the armies in countering terrorism.

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November 7, 2011

Pakistan, China agree to expand economic, defence cooperation

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday expressed their resolve to further strengthen bilateral ties in economic, defence and energy sectors for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The two leaders who met on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation here discussed issues of strategic and economic cooperation between their countries.

They discussed the matters relating to agriculture, power generation and finance besides reviewing progress in Sino-Pak bilateral ties.

Both reviewed strategic and defence cooperation besides exchanging views on trade cooperation.

The two sides also discussed the means to carry out projects of communication including railway and road links and fibre optic.

Prime Minister Gilani sought investment by Chinese companies in Pakistan’s various areas and stressed the need for making efforts to realise the full potential of bilateral trade.

Premier Wen assured Prime Minister Gilani of China’s commitment to further strengthen its relations with Pakistan in all fields.

Both leaders were of the view that the two nations were against terrorism and would continue to cooperate with each other to eliminate this threat.

Gilani said it was time to address the global economic crisis and find out a way to counter its impact on growing economies.

During the meeting the two leaders also noted that both Pakistan and China share similar views on important regional and global issues and will continue to extend support to each other on all levels.

They also agreed on exploiting the full potential of the two business communities to boost their economy and trade.

Pakistan, China agree to expand economic, defence cooperation | Pakistan | DAWN.COM

October 29, 2011

Pakistan moving closer to China: report

Pakistan is moving closer to China amid India-US deepening relations and growing tensions between Washington and Islamabad, an American newspaper quoted a Congressional report as saying.

The latest report on Pakistan by the independent Congressional Research Service said that Islamabad was becoming more reliant than ever on its friendship with China as US-India ties deepen”.

Deteriorating relations between the US and Pakistan in the wake of Osama Operation have increased Islamabad’s reliance on China as a key international ally.”

The report said that that Pakistani leaders had become notably effusive in their expressions of closeness with China in 2011..

It said that China, during Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s visit in May, urged the West to “must respect” Pakistan’s sovereignty .

China also agreed to expedite delivery to Pakistan of 50 JF-17 fighter jets equipped with upgraded avionics. Islamabad is also negotiating with Beijing for the purchase of six new submarines for as much as USD 3 billion in what would be the largest-ever bilateral defence purchase.

According to the report there were some concerns in Congress that wreckage from a previously unseen “stealth” helicopter used by US Special Forces in the Osama bin Laden raid would be examined by Chinese officials, potentially providing them with valuable intelligence on secret US military technology.

Deepening of US-India relationship, Pakistan moving closer to China: report | The News Tribe

October 28, 2011

Pakistan and China to build missile carrier craft

Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) will build a Fast Attack Craft (FAC) for Pakistan Navy in collaboration with the Chinese company ‘China Shipbuilding and Offshore Company (CSOC) (Pvt) Limited.

"We hope to complete the project of the ‘Attack Craft’ with missile carrier by April next year," said Chief of Staff, Pakistan Navy Vice Admiral Tayyab Ali Dogar, while addressing the ceremony on the occasion here on Friday.

"It is historic occasion for the country and Pakistan Navy for collaboration with the Chinese brothers on this project," he maintained.

He said that the project of missile carrier craft will further improve the defence capabilities of Pakistan in collaboration with the Chinese experts and boost the strength of Pakistan Navy.

Speaking on the occasion, the Managing Director, KSEW, Rear Admiral Hasan Nasir Hussain Shah, praised the services of the engineering sector of KSEW which would complete the project 3-weeks in advance of the scheduled time.

"The craft will have maximum speed of 30 knots propelled by 4- diesel engines" Shah said.

The craft boat will be equipped with latest weapons and sensors, he maintained.

The MD KSEW said that the yard successfully constructed a number of warships including missile crafts, tugs and fabricated many of the utility ships.

"We are capable enough to meet all shipbuilding requirements of the maritime sector," he added.

KSEW to build missile carrier craft for PN: Admiral Tayyab

August 7, 2011

Pak aspiring to send astronaut aboard Chinese spacecraft

Pakistan is keen to send an astronaut on board a Chinese spacecraft, a top diplomat has said as the two countries are set to launch a Pakistani satellite soon.

“It is our natural aspiration that a Pakistani astronaut aboard a Chinese spacecraft flies to the space,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan said ahead of the launch of Paksat-1R.

“This is possible because Pakistan and China enjoy relations of trust and confidence,” he said.

The Pakistan Communication Satellite, Paksat-1R is due to be launched from Chinese satellite launching site located at Xichang city in the second week of August, depending on weather conditions.

Paksat-1R will replace Paksat-1 which is going to complete its useful life in 2011.

“Launching of a communication satellite is going to be a new symbolic development in Pakistan-China relations, as this will broaden the horizons of our cooperation,” Mr. Khan was quoted as saying by the official APP news agency.

He said, during Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Pakistan in December last year, the two governments had decided to deepen cooperation in space, science and technology.

“Paksat-1R, as the satellite is called, is a big step in that direction. It will revolutionise the use of broadband Internet, digital television broadcasting and mobile telephony; spur our economy; and strengthen the education and health sectors,” he said.

“Such cooperation with China also helps us move towards self-reliance,” he said adding that Pakistan was looking at cooperation with China in remote sensing satellites as well.

Source: The Hindu (India)

April 10, 2011

Pakistan dubs Indian concern on China military ties ‘absurd’

Contrary to Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna terming Pak-China military cooperation as “serious,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office dubbed reports on collaboration’s influence on Pak-India borders as totally baseless.

Only on Thursday Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua had described reports in Indian media suggesting bilateral cooperation between China and Pakistan were influencing situation on Pak-India borders as “absurd piece of information.

However, India Foreign Minister went on to dwell on these reports on Friday and said that Indian government was closely monitoring developments along its borders to secure the Indian people’s safety.

According to Indian media he was reacting to concerns raised by a top Indian army official over growing Chinese influence along not just India – China border but also India Pakistan border.

When Online contact spokesperson Janjua on Friday to seek comments on the Indian Foreign Minister’s dwelling on the reports she had already described as absurd and baseless, she initially said it was very well addressed in Thursday briefing. Asked to react to the Indian Foreign Minister’s statement on Friday, she again insisted that media report in the basis of these concerns was, “totally baseless news item.”

Indian Foreign Minister was second line describing situation of Pakistan and China getting closer in military and infrastructure cooperation as “serious”.

Speaking earlier in Jammu, Northern Army Command chief, Lt-General KT Parnaik had said the growing Chinese presence would not only be a matter of concern along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China but it could well extend to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan as ties between China and Pakistan grow.

“We have seen media reports on the subject. Government closely and regularly monitors all developments along our borders which can have a bearing on our security,” Krishna told media-persons in New Delhi.

“We continuously review and take all measures necessary to ensure the safety and security of our people, as well as the territorial integrity of the nation,” he added.

Krishna called the growing cooperation between China and Pakistan in the military and infrastructural sectors a “serious” situation for India, adding that the army was debating and evaluating the entire scenario.

This latest development comes as the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will head for China on an official visit next week. Singh will hold multi-lateral and bilateral meetings with the Chinese leadership.

via ONLINE – International News Network.