China will continue to support Pakistan on anti-terrorism by increasing joint military drills and stepping up intelligence cooperation. Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, Xinhua reported on Thursday. Combating terrorism remains a key priority for China and Pakistan in the wake of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death. In response to reported military appeals from Pakistan, Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng spelled out Chinese stance. Geng Yansheng, Spokesman of Defense Ministry said "Pakistan is an important country in South Asia and has made important contribution to international counter-terrorism efforts. We are willing to strengthen cooperation with Pakistan in areas such as joint training, and information and logistical support." China said on Tuesday it was unaware of Islamabad's proposal to help build a naval base in Pakistan. Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu, stressed that both countries are friendly neighbors. She added that China had not seen any proposal to build a Pakistan-based naval base. Jiang also indicated China's economic assistance to Pakistan was aimed at the welfare of its people, rather than military assistance.