Islamabad, September 24, 2013 (PPI-OT): “China and Pakistan enjoy deep and trusted relations and Pakistan considers the friendship deeper than the deepest oceans. We want to raise the relationship status to a strategic level with our time- tested friends”.
This was stated by Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain during a meeting with the visiting Chinese delegation from SASTIND. Vice Administrator SASTIND, Mr. Zhang Jianhua called on Federal Minister for Defence Production and Secretary Defence Production in their respective offices today.
The meeting reviewed all pending issues and problems and emphasized their smooth redressal on priority basis.
During the meeting Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain highlighted that ‘fast paced method for addressing issues of bilateral concern is put in place in the shape of Joint Committee Mechanism.
This will ensure growth of Sino- Pak Cooperation in the field of Defence Production’. The minister also stressed that China has great potential in the Shipbuilding Sector and Pakistan wants the Chinese friends to invest and extend technological support in this regard.
Secretary Defence Production Lt. Gen. (Retd) Tanvir Tahir emphasized the need of streamlining matters of Defence Cooperation. He added that ‘a system of forecasting potential problems needs to be put in place to ensure swift collaborations. Open competition between Chinese companies for laying down tenders was stressed upon to make Pakistan’s procurement cost beneficial’.
Vice Administrator SASTIND Mr. Zhang Jianhua during the meeting stated that ‘it is a great honor for him to have met the Federal Minister for Defence Production and ensured that future talks and collaborations under the honorable minister’s patronage will surely flourish. He praised the far sighted approach of the minister for building of the new Shipyard.
A banquet was hosted in honour of the Vice Administrator and his visiting delegation at the JSHQ Mess Monday evening. It was attended by Secretary MODP Lt. Gen. (Retd) Tanvir Tahir, Lt. Gen. Syed Wajid Hussain, Maj Gen Raza, Maj Gen Qaiser, AVM Asad Lodhi, Maj Gen Omer, Rear Admiral Adnan Nazir and other officers from Pakistan side. Chinese delegation included Mr Yao Wen, Mr Sun Tian, Ms Zhan Chunli, Snr Col Pei Jianguo, Mr Ma Wei Hua, Mr Xu Bensheng, Lt Col Li Yingfeng and other delegates.
The Chinese delegation met Secretary MODP Lt Gen (Retd) Tanvir Tahir and held meeting with Maj Gen Raza Muhammad at MODP. Earlier in the day the delegation met Senior Officers at the General Head Quarters, Joint Services Head Quarters, Air Head Quarters and Naval Head Quarters. The meetings have so far been termed as highly fruitful and hopefully the collaboration will further expand in future.
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