'China-Pakistan military exercise not targeted at India'

Published: November 9, 2011
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The two-week long exercise will begin on November 16.

The two-week long exercise will begin on November 16.

BEIJING: The Chinese Ministry of National Defence on Wednesday dismissed media reports that the China and Pakistan joint military exercise was being conducted to exert pressure on India, and said that the anti-terror drill was not targeted at any third country.

According to the annual exchange plan between China and Pakistan’s militaries, the two armies will hold the ‘Friendship 2011’ joint anti-terror exercise near Islamabad.

The China Daily quoted the Information Office of the Ministry of National Defence saying, “this is the first joint drill of the two armies this year and is not targeted at any third nation. It is aimed at enhancing the capability of the two militaries to handle non-traditional security threats and launch joint anti-terror activities.”

The two-week long exercise will begin on November 16.

Fu Xiaoqiang, an expert on South Asian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, rejected the report and accused the Indian media of basing such reports on “hearsay evidence.”

“They always wear blinkers to examine China’s cooperation with Pakistan. For example, we all know there are many Chinese experts and engineers in Pakistan working on large projects. It is the Indian media which linked that with security issues,” he said.

Premier Wen Jiabao, during his visit to India, had suggested that the Indian media stop overplaying security issues and make more positive efforts to improve bilateral relations.

The premier had said that, in recent years, there has been no conflict in the China-India border area, “but the border issue has been hyped as a rather serious problem.”

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Reader Comments (15)

  • anup
    Nov 9, 2011 - 6:25PM

    How can it be aimed at India ,when Mr.Modi discusses business deals with chinese businessmen ?? The best part of story is pak is being made fool.

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  • Alok
    Nov 9, 2011 - 7:50PM

    The Indian media is surely the villain and the fire-starter here. The real problem is that they are not under government control, unlike China’s and don’t entertain govt dictates. The world would’ve been so nice and peaceful without the basic human rights.

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  • Jahanzeb Khan
    Nov 9, 2011 - 7:53PM

    @anup:
    HAhahaha Don’t worry about us. Concentrate on yourself. Looks like you are very very obsessed with Pakistan? Let your Mind get free a Little. I understand that you can not do anything Without Pakistan Yatra in your entire life but go and relax and worry about yourself. We will just be fine. Its between us and China and is none of your Business. Learn to mind your own Business from now on. You All have bad Habit of interfering in other’s affairs. Recommend

  • anil
    Nov 9, 2011 - 8:16PM

    @Alok

    Then you won’t have been here ….I mean without media to express ur views….think before you speak.

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  • Alok
    Nov 9, 2011 - 8:47PM

    @anil:
    brother its called sarcasm.

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  • antanu g
    Nov 9, 2011 - 9:11PM

    @anup:
    its amazing how much we are obessed with pakistan…even though we are much bigger and stronger.

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  • gk
    Nov 9, 2011 - 10:12PM

    @Alok:
    i also think almost soo,……,,, some medias, which are more interested in making news than keeping nation’s interest,…… give importance according to its standard..

    @Jahanzeb Khan:

    Looks like you are very very obsessed
    with Pakistan

    its not the problem of obsession, but disturbance as pakistan is the trouble-boy, which started all war with India, and failed. last one was after nuke test, and now, it may be after china-pak military exercise, no guarantee..

    I understand that you can not do
    anything Without Pakistan Yatra in
    your entire life but go and relax and
    worry about yourself.

    that applies more to you than any other
    actually, his comment was aimed at you, not at the news- no more ex. chill up like this after hearing/getting something from china like this, be mature.

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  • Proud White Khan Pakistani
    Nov 9, 2011 - 10:47PM

    @anup:
    The guy is probably a failure back in India with no degrees and all the indians would probably be looking down on him so he takes his frustrations on us.

    I know how India works lol. Envy is the order of the dayRecommend

  • Khurram Dastageer
    Nov 10, 2011 - 12:36AM

    For Allah’s sake we are the 12th failed state. Please leave us alone.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Nov 10, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Not all neighbours enjoy friendly relationship, especially when boundaries and common good are shared. No so the case between China and Pakistan. Pakistan was one of the very first countries that recognised the People’s Republic of China, since its birth in 1949. This tie is definitely more than just a “marriage of convenience”, as Pakistan saw it in its relationship with the U.S.

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  • Haris
    Nov 10, 2011 - 6:04AM

    india seems to be a schizophrenic nation, everything to them is an isi conspiracy, they must learn it from their masters

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  • Tony Singh
    Nov 10, 2011 - 1:08PM

    @Haris:
    We may be schizophrenic, but that does not mean we are wrong.

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  • Tony Singh
    Nov 10, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Mr. Fu Xiaoqiang, should know Indian media is not chinese media (which happens to be state controlled). They will publish what they feel. Its time this (gentle?)man removes his blinkers and see the world through eyes of a democracy.

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  • pakistani citigen
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:22PM

    We are one of the most failed state of the world…
    you have nothing to worry about us india..Recommend

  • Ajay ....28
    Nov 16, 2011 - 4:52PM

    To all proud pakistanis ,
    In need of hunger , will you eat this arms and ammunition coming from china.

    True Indian & Well Wisher of Pakstan
    Ajay Recommend

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