Fu Quanyou, Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China held talks in Beijing Tuesday with General Muhammad Aziz Khan, chairman of Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee of Pakistan, who is paying a visit in China.
Fu said the military ties between the two sides is an important component of the Sino-Pakistani relations and also a key sector for an all-weather cooperative partnership between the two countries. The Sino-Pakistani ties will be strengthened under the utmost care of the leaders of the two countries and the joint efforts of the two peoples.
Fu said that terrorism has posed a serious threat to the world' s peace and stability, and all the people in the world are now joining hands to combat terrorism. China has consistently stood against terrorism in any form, and supports the United Nations to play a leading role in the anti-terrorism campaign.
He also stressed that no country is allowed to practice hegemony in the name of anti-terrorism.
Fu said that China hoped Pakistan and India would ease the current tension, seek solution through dialogue, and maintain regional peace and stability.
Aziz said Pakistan and China have established an all-weather friendship that has withstood the test of time. The two sides have reached consensus on anti-terrorism issues, and the source of terrorism should be found and eliminated.
He said Pakistan will play an active role in combating terrorism. He also hoped that China could contribute to the peace and stability in central Asia.
Aziz was in Beijing at the invitation of Fu.
(Xinhua News Agency January 16, 2002)