A 5-member Chinese Delegation from the China Institute for International Strategic Studies, Beijing visited the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) for a bilateral dialogue on recent developments affecting the China-Pakistan relationship. The delegation was headed by Major General (Retd) Zhao Ning, Vice chairman of CIISS and former Defence Attache to the US.
Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman ISSI, welcomed the delegation and stated that both China and Pakistan have strong strategic and political ties which have recently been boosted by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He said that Pakistan values its relationship with China, and jointly, both countries can meet all challenges of which terrorism and negative influence of some external powers are at the forefront.
Major General Ning stated that in the past, the war in Afghanistan was a military-political war, but now, it is a purely military war. Pakistan is an important player and has been on the receiving end of much turmoil and tragedy.
With regard to Trump’s new policy, Major General Ning was of the opinion that Afghanistan will be the first test for India in terms of military operations on the ground.
Major General Mengyan spoke about how India is adopting an extreme approach to resolving issues in South Asia. He stated that the new US policy show cases the US’s unbalanced mentality and means India will interfere further in the Afghan situation.