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Chinese envoy calls on Pak Army chief, discusses bilateral ties, regional security

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Monday called on army chief General Qamar Bajwa and discussed matters of mutual interest, including regional security situation, the Pakistan Army said.

  The meeting came
days after Pakistan Army announced that it would deploy another division-size
special force to protect Chinese nationals and projects under the
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, the Pakistan
military’s media wing, matters of mutual interest including regional security
situation were discussed in the meeting held at the General Headquarters in
Rawalpindi.

Pakistan’s civil-military leaders frequently hold meetings
with Chinese officials in the backdrop of the multi-billion dollar CPEC
project.

The CPEC is a 3,000-kilometre network of roads, pipelines
and railways to connect Gwadar port in Pakistan to Kashgar in the Xinjiang
region of China.

In a recent interview with the Chinese state media, chief
military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan military had
raised a whole division-sized force to ensure the security of the CPEC, and was
planning to deploy another division for the purpose. His statement came as some
of the CPEC-linked project have been attacked by separatists in provinces like
Balochistan.

Earlier reports said a Special Security Division
(SSD) comprising 9,000 Pakistan Army soldiers and 6,000 para-military forces
personnel has been set up for the security of the CPEC project and Chinese
nationals working on it.

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