China on Thursday vowed to take its military ties with Pakistan to a “new high” and defended its nuclear cooperation with Islamabad to build two new reactors for the country.
Terming the defence ties between the two countries as “all weather” the Chinese officials said both Beijing and Islamabad had “pledged” to strengthen these ties” after a meeting between the visiting Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and the defence minister Liang Guanglie.
Kayani heading a high level Pakistani military delegation is currently on a five day visit to China. “Cooperation between the Chinese and Pakistani armed forces is exemplary and has been fruitful,” Liang, also a state councillor, said during the meeting.
“China would join hands with Pakistan to bring military relations to a new high,” the Chinese defence minister was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
The minister also said that the two countries should make continuous efforts to boost their joint defence programmes.