ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif yesterday discussed measures to improve military to military cooperation and security of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) among other issues with top Chinese military leadership.

During his meeting with his Chinese counterpart at military headquarters in Beijing, the army chief congratulated the latter on assumption of command of the newly-established army headquarter, the Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

According to ISPR, Army Chief reached China on Monday on two days official visit and he will meet senior political and military leadership.

Both the leaders discussed measures to improve military to military cooperation, exponentially enhanced training exchanges, defence technical and intelligence sharing and the security of CPEC, the military’s media wing added.

Earlier, upon his arrival at Beijing on a two-day official visit, General Raheel was presented a guard of honour by the Chinese Army.

The visit comes a day after a Pentagon report says China is likely to consider establishing additional naval logistics hubs in countries with which it has a long-standing friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, “such as Pakistan”.

In annual report to Congress on “Military and Security Developments in China”, the US Department of Defence claimed that China is looking for countries that have "a precedent for hosting foreign militaries".

But the report also noted that “China’s overseas naval logistics aspiration may be constrained by the willingness of countries to support a (Chinese military) presence in one of their ports.” The report pointed out that Pakistan remains China’s “primary customer” for conventional weapons and China engages in both arms sales and defence industrial cooperation with Pakistan.

The Pentagon report also highlights tensions between China and India as a cause of concern. "Tensions remain along disputed portions of the Sino-Indian border, where both sides patrol with armed forces," it warns.