Pakistan and China have signed a new military agreement in a response to a recent information sharing pact signed between the United States of America and India.
General Wei Fenghe, China’s National Defence Minister was in Islamabad for three days last week and signed an MoU with the Pakistan Armed Forces and the People’s Liberation Army of China in order to strengthen the relation and cooperation.
The details of the agreement have not been made public but according to defence experts, the current pact would be regarding intelligence sharing which will help Pakistan to monitor cross-border exchanges along with the Pak-India border.
On his visit to Pakistan, the authorities welcomed General Wei Fenghe and conferred on him the Nishan-e-Imtiaz award.
Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar expressed his opinion regarding the MoU between two countries and said that the new pact will counter India’s US-supported onslaught. He also highlighted that the new policies will merge the economy and security of both countries at an advanced level.
Furthermore, according to reports, Pakistan Air Force and China Air Force are planning to conduct a joint military exercise named “Shaheen IX” at the end of December 2020. The forthcoming Shaheen IX is expected to be on a much larger scale than its predecessor Shaheen VIII in every way. The Shaheen VIII lasted over a fortnight and in which approximately fifty warplanes were involved.
The Deputy Director of Asia Program Michael Kugelman talked to Nikkei Asia said that the new agreement will offer a considerable strategic steadiness to Pakistan amid frequent clashes after its neighbour country India racked up on US support in October.
“The China-Pakistan agreement can be viewed as an effort to reduce some of the imbalance in strategic stability in the region prompted by the U.S.-India deal,” he said.