‘Pak-China joint air force training highlights int’l military cooperation’

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BEIJING: The successful conduct of joint training between Chinese and Pakistani air forces was one of the highlights of China’s international military cooperation this year, Chinese Defense Ministry’s Spokesperson Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang said here on Thursday.

“In my view, during China’s international military cooperation in the past year, one of the highlights is successful conducting of the joint training between Chinese and Pakistani air forces,” he said during a monthly press briefing held at China’s National Defense Ministry.

The air forces of both the countries conducted a 20-day joint training exercise “Shaheen-VI” in China in September.

Pakistan Air Force’s JF-17 Thunder, Mirage, F-7PG and ZDK aircraft, along with PLA Air Force J-8, J-11, JH-7 and KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces, including surface-to-air missile and radar troops took part in the exercise.

The PAF contingent, comprising combat pilots, air defence controllers and technical ground crew, participated in the bilateral exercise.

During the exercise, the Chinese and Pakistani air forces demonstrated mutual trust by sitting in the same fighter jets.

“Pakistan is an all-weather friend of China, and both the countries enjoy a very good military relationship and they have carried out cooperation on various subjects,” he remarked while responding to a question.

About goodwill visit of Pakistan Naval Ship SAIF to Shanghai port and the training exercise with the PLA naval ships early this month, he said, the visit was one of the exchange programmes between the two navies this year.

In the following year, both the countries would also conduct more practical cooperation in the defence field, and there would be more pragmatic cooperation and exchange programmes between the two armed forces, he added.