Pak and China Enriching Friendship! Does India need to worry?
After completing a three-day visit in India on December 17, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Pakistan. During his stay there, he inaugurated a one-year celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Wen and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani jointly inaugurated on December 18 the Pakistan-China Friendship Centre, which is a Chinese-aided cultural complex built in Islamabad to promote exchanges among students, media and academic circles from the two countries. Wen had laid the foundation for the centre during his earlier visit to Pakistan in April 2005.
Three important events occurred during Wen's Pakistan visit. The first in order of significance was a joint courtesy call on him on December 18 by General Khalid Shameem Wynne, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, chief of army staff, Admiral Noman Bashir, chief of the naval staff, and air marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, chief of the air staff.
During his meeting with the heads of the Pakistani armed forces, Wen called for enhanced military exchanges and cooperation between China and Pakistan so as to cement the bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation. He said, "The Pakistani military is a steadfast supporter and vindicator of the China-Pakistan friendship, and has played an important role in consolidating and developing their strategic partnership of cooperation.
The Chinese prime minister applauded the close exchanges between the two militaries in the areas of anti-terrorism and disaster relief, and hoped to further enhance military links to contribute to the development of bilateral ties.