RAWALPINDI: Military relations with China will reach unprecedented heights, Pakistan army said yesterday. “The everlasting relations will grow to unprecedented heights as both countries will continue to work for elimination of terrorism in all forms,” Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif told troops at an anti-terror exercise.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the seven-week ‘Pak-China Joint Field Exercise Warrior-III,’ at Bahadur Ranges in Attock. A senior Chinese military delegation under Gen Li Fayi represented People Liberation Army (PLA).

Gen Raheel said that the exercise boosted military relations between Pakistan and China, ISPR said in a statement. He lauded the young soldiers for their display of professionalism and skills during the exercise. The army chief commended troops of special service group for their outstanding performance in operation Zarb-e-Azb, launched last year to fight off terrorism in the tribal belt. Pakistan stepped up its anti-terror swoop after Taliban attack on a military school in Peshawar, that left dead more than 130 people most of them children last year.

Gen Raheel vowed to continue operations with the same momentum till the achievement of a terror free Pakistan. Pakistan and China has been collaborating in various socio-economic projects. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last month held a groundbreaking ceremony for two Chinese nuclear plants near the coastal city of Karachi which are set to add 1,100 megawatts to the energy-starved country’s electric grid.

The plants, which are located just 20 miles from the burgeoning metropolis of around 20 million people, have stoked fears among scientific experts and residents, and its construction was earlier stayed by a court order. But Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Muhammad Naeen said the project was under the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and met all international safety needs.

Islamabad’s key ally Beijing in April announced it would invest $46 billion in infrastructure, energy and transport projects as part of an ambitious project dubbed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.