China-Pakistan military ties set to get even closer as ‘iron brothers’ eye new alliance

From jointly developed jets to high-level talks on regional security issues, Beijing and Islamabad are fighting side by side to keep the peace

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 January, 2018, 11:16am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 January, 2018, 11:16am
Catherine Wong
With reports that China is planning to build its second offshore naval base near a strategically important Pakistani port it appears that the relationship between Beijing and Islamabad is as strong as ever.
Once dubbed “iron brothers” by the now retired vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong, the two countries have steadily increased cooperation on military and defence matters in recent years as they seek to counter the perceived threat from rivals India and the United States.
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