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Chinese Defence Minister for furthering Pak-China ties

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 23, IRNA -- The Defence Minister of China, General 
Cao Gangchuan, has said that Beijing wants to further enhance and 
strengthen its relations with Islamabad in all areas concerning the 
three services, it was officially announced Tuesday. 
He said this during a meeting with Pakistan`s Minister for 
Defence, Rao Sikandar Iqbal in Rawalpindi, according to a Defence Mini
try statement. 
"Both China and Pakistan enjoy excellent relations, which remains 
unchanged despite the changes taking place in international politics,"
the Chinese minister said. 
General Cao said that China would provide 100 million yuan 
interest free loan for the cooperation between the two countries. 
He said China had made a plan to invite Pakistan military 
personnel to undergo training in China. 
"Similarly, Pakistan will also provide training to the Chinese 
Military personnel," he was quoted as saying. 
During the meeting, the Defence Minister of Pakistan Rao Sikandar 
Iqbal told the visiting delegation that the people of Pakistan felt 
indebted to Chinese people for the invaluable assistance, extended by 
China, to Pakistan in the field of defence and defence production. 
"China has contributed a lot to the modernization of Pakistan 
armed forces," he said quoted by the ministry. 
Throwing light on the Pak-China relationship, the minister said 
that the friendship between the two countries had been unprecedented 
and relations in the field of defence were very strong and deep 
rooted. 
General Cao Gangchuan invited the Defence Minister of Pakistan 
Rao Sikandar Iqbal to pay a visit to China. 
TK/TSH/216 
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