The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as its flagship is destined to succeed despite all odds and Pakistan army shall ensure security of CPEC at all costs.
In a meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing during which they discussed the regional security environment, challenges and way forward, the COAS said that while we work for peace we need to stay strong to thwart designs of all inimical forces challenging our resolve and we greatly value Chinese support in this regard.
The Chinese president said that Pakistan is our time tested iron friend and Pakistan army has a pivotal role towards this lasting relationship. He appreciated professionalism of Pakistan armed forces and acknowledged its role towards regional peace and stability.
Xi Jinping said that China shall continue to support Pakistan as a strategic partner. He said that those who oppose BRI or CPEC shall never succeed as this is an initiative of peace and development not only for China but for region and beyond.
The COAS also thanked the Chinese president for acknowledging professionalism and contributions of Pakistan army towards regional peace and stability.