SHANGHAI: China's air force on Saturday began joint training exercises with that of Pakistan, China's defence ministry said, as the two nations' strengthen operational ties.
The countries call each other "all-weather friends", with ties underpinned by long-standing wariness of their common neighbour, India, and a desire to hedge against US influence in Asia.
"China's Air Force hopes to widen the scope of cooperation and dialogue with all countries and regions," the Chinese defence ministry said in a statement on its website, adding that the exercise, called "Shaheen V," would run until April 30.
For its part Pakistan wants to upgrade its air force, now dependent on a mostly outmoded fleet of US, French and Chinese fighter jets that Pakistani officials fear can do little against Indian craft or help target domestic insurgents.
In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Pakistan Air Force second-in-command Muhammad Ashfaque Arain said the bulk of the burden was now borne by a fleet of US made F-16 aircraft.
He saw the purchase of more F-16s as economically unfeasible, however, Islamabad plans to invest in a joint fighter built with China, the JF-17.
small brown Aussie Lund
Sure all those wonderful fighting machines will come to India in light years. Also please use indian computers and tablets and phones to write your comments. Just make sure no parts inside are made in china. And yes if you are willing to pay top dollars you can get good quality chinese products.
small brown Aussie Lund
Grover sahaab aap jaisa ullu ke patthe bewakoof insaan maine aaj tak nahin dekha. Do you even know if light years is a unit of tome or distance??? It is better to keep quiet and key the world think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Hhhhhhhh
In Asia only India can compete with China, therefore they are using their puppet "Pakistan" to do their dirty work and create diversions for India to concentrate on.
Therefore, I humbly request Indians all over the world to stop buying Chinese made products and encourage their friends do follow suit.
For China, Pakistan is no more than a Toilet paper that is used and discarded as and when they like. The Chinese have a bigger goal and Pakistan through the guise of all-weather friend is used as a pawn to further their ends.
bharat ka thoku
Pakistan - 15 hours ago
Indian air force is just 55 seconds game for Pakistan air Force....u dumb shank pilots have surrended to our force alot.....keep ur bloody mouth shut.....flying coffin takers