Sino-Pak war games not aimed at India, insists China
China and Pakistan are to hold joint military exercises on the outskirts of Islamabad with Beijing claiming that the war games were not aimed at putting pressure on India.Updated: Nov 10, 2011 01:33 IST
China and Pakistan are to hold joint military exercises on the outskirts of Islamabad with Beijing claiming that the war games were not aimed at putting pressure on India.
The annual Friendship 2011 joint military exercises are billed as anti-terror maneuvers aimed at handling non traditional security threats, a Chinese defence ministry statement published in state-run China Daily said on Wednesday.
However, the statement did not specify the dates of the war games. "This is the first joint drill of the two armies this year and is not targeted at any third nation. It is aimed at enhancing the capability of the two militaries to handle non-traditional security threats and launch joint anti-terror activities," the statement said while referring to Indian media reports that the exercises were aimed at putting pressure on New Delhi.
Calling the the Indian media report groundless, Fu Xiaoqiang, a Chinese security analyst said, "They always wear blinkers to examine China's cooperation with Pakistan. For example, we all know there are many Chinese experts and engineers in Pakistan working on large projects. It is the Indian media who linked that with security issues."
First Published: Nov 10, 2011 01:31 IST