BEIJING: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday met the senior Chinese political and military leadership and discussed matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest.

The army chief, who arrived in China on a three-day official visit, met Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, Chief of Joint Services Department General Fang Funghui and Commander People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Li Zuocheng, according to ISPR Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.

Matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest were discussed.

The Chinese leadership expressed complete understanding of the geo-political and economic-cum-security environment of the region and its implications for both the countries.

They acknowledged positive role being played by Pakistan towards peace and stability in the region with special mention of the country’s role in eliminating terrorist groups including al-Qaeda (AQ), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from Pakistan.

The Chinese leadership expressed their concern on Afghan security situation and growing potential threat of Daesh and ETIM in Afghanistan.

The Chinese leaders expressed their confidence in security arrangements for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and satisfaction on progress of the project.

The COAS thanked Chinese leadership for their defence support and cooperation, which, he said, was a source of strength for unique all-weather friendship between the two countries and their people.

He reiterated that Pakistan Army would continue to positively contribute towards regional stability and security.

The COAS thanked the Chinese leadership for sending a PLA contingent for participation in Pakistan Day Parade.

Both the sides agreed to continue and further increase theirmilitary to military cooperation. Earlier on arrival at PLA Army Headquarters, the COAS waspresented guard of honour.