Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Chinese President Xi Jinping on special invitation on Wednesday in Beijing.

A statement by issued by ISPR said that both discussed regional security environment, challenges and way forward.

The Chinese president said, "Pakistan is our time tested iron friend and Pakistan Army has a pivotal role towards this lasting relationship."

Xi appreciated professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged its role towards regional peace and stability. "China shall continue to support Pakistan as a strategic partner," he said.

"Those who oppose Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or CPEC shall never succeed as this is an initiative of peace and development not only for China but for region and beyond," he added.

The COAS thanked President Xi for his invitation and also thanked him for acknowledging professionalism and contributions of Pak Army towards regional peace and stability. 

He said, "Pakistan understands the importance of peace and has given lot of sacrifices for achieving it."

"BRI with CPEC as its flagship is destined to succeed despite all odds and Pak Army shall ensure security of CPEC at all costs.

"While we work for peace we need to stay strong to thwart designs of all inimical forces challenging our resolve and we greatly value Chinese support in this regard," he added.

General Bajwa is returning tonight after completion of the visit.