RAWALPINDI - A two-week-long Pak-China joint military exercise commenced on Sunday near Rawalpindi.
According to ISPR, flags of both the countries were hoisted and national anthem played to mark the opening of joint military exercise at a ceremony.
Major General Hamayun Aziz of Pakistan Army and senior colonel Liu Agiou of People’s Liberation Army China represented their respective counties in the opening ceremony.
The joint exercise is aimed at sharing mutual experience and information in medical field through a comprehensive training programme in near real time environment. The exercise is particularly designed within the scope of disaster relief operations caused due to massive floods and terrorist attacks on relief camps. The exercise will also provide an opportunity to exchange latest technological advancement in medical field to improve medical operations during peace and war.
The joint military exercise ‘Peace Angel 2014’ will certainly pave the way for further cementing the existing bilateral relations between the armies of the two countries.
Our Monitoring Desk adds: An Indian naval ship on Sunday arrived at the Chinese port of Qingdao to take part in rare naval exercises with vessels from China, Pakistan and other nations, Indian media reported on Sunday.
INS Shivalik, an indigenously built stealth frigate has been invited by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy to take part in the event marking its 65th anniversary.
This is the Shivalik's second visit to China as it had visited Shanghai last year along with three other Indian naval ships as part of a goodwill tour as the two countries attempt to build maritime cooperation.
An Indian naval ship also took part in the PLA Navy's 60th celebrations in 2009.
Si gnificant feature of the Shivalik's tour this year is that it takes part in joint naval exercises being organised by PLA Navy in which a naval ship from Pakistan, besides vessels from Bangladesh, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia and few other countries are scheduled to take part.
A Pakistani naval destroyer was the first to arrive at Qingdao port.
The naval exercises involve search and rescue besides joint communication and coordination.
The PLA Navy has cancelled an event involving a parade of the fleet in which President Xi Jinping, the head of the Chinese military, was scheduled to take part.
It was cancelled in view of the ongoing efforts to search for the Malaysian airliner which went missing with 239 passengers onboard, 153 of them Chinese nationals.
The US reportedly did not send any of its ships to take part in the event, while China has not invited Japan.
A Chinese naval spokesman said the Japanese navy was not invited due to ‘erroneous’ policies of Japan's leadership over the disputed islands in the East China Sea.
The US and Japan however would take part in the 21-member Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) being held on the sidelines. India, along with Bangladesh and Mexico are the observers in the event.
WPNS member countries include Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, Tonga, Malaysia, New Zealand, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, China, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Russia, Vietnam, Thailand and the US.
The programme will last till April 24.
PAF CHIEF CALLS ON AZERI PM
Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, called on Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Artur Rasizade on Sunday.
Both the dignitaries remained together for sometimes and discussed various matters of defence and military cooperation, says a press release issued here.
The Air Chief assured high officials of Azerbaijan of strengthening military as well as civilian cooperation between the two countries in general and the two Air Forces in particular.
Later in the day, the Air Chief called on Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, Defense Minister Azerbaijan, and Major General Ramiz Tahirov, the Air Forces Commander of Azerbaijan.
Earlier, the PAF chief, who is on a three-day official visit to Azerbaijan, also visited Defense Ministry, Military Academy of the Armed Forces Azerbaijan, High Military School, and Education and Training Center of the Armed Forces.