Symbol of friendship: China to deliver 50 more JF-17 planes

Published: April 26, 2015
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. PHOTO: AFP

. PHOTO: AFP

China will deliver another 50 JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Pakistan over a period of three years, Radio Pakistan reported on Saturday.

Citing the head of the Chinese aircraft industry, the state-run broadcaster said that under a contract signed between the two countries, Islamabad will receive a total of 110 JF-17 Thunder aircraft from Beijing.

The jets are a symbol of friendship between Pakistan and China. During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit, a fleet of eight JF-17 Thunder jets escorted the special plane of the Chinese leader when it entered Pakistan’s airspace.

Last week, Pakistan and China signed more than 50 agreements worth $28 billion, mostly covering commercial loans to Pakistani power generation companies, but also including financing agreements for six infrastructure projects that will set in motion work on the eastern trade corridor connecting western China with Gwadar.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2015.

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  • Asif
    Apr 26, 2015 - 10:47AM

    Chinese delivering Pakistani fighter to Pakistan?
    This is what the Chinese would do to Pakistan on every sphere of cooperation. We are being exploited to the fullest by the so called Chinese friends. Meanwhile India only agreed to purchase France’s Rafale when France agreed to transfer technology to India for the Rafale fighters. Face to face, Rafale is far superior and sophisticated then the JF 17. (NOTE to ET: Let this publish for honest debate even though it is against the current political direction.) Recommend

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