BEIJING: Pakistan and China on Saturday concluded joint air exercises held between the air forces of the two countries.
The air exercise, ‘Shaheen IV’, was conducted in China with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) taking an active part.
“The exercise was aimed at enhancing bilateral relationship and defence cooperation between the two friendly neighbours,” said Air Commodore S M Ali, a PAF spokesperson.
The PAF spokesperson added that this was the first time that three different types of frontline fighter aircraft from various PAF squadrons participated in the exercise.
It was the fourth exercise in the ‘Shaheen’ series, which commenced on September 12 and concluded on October 3.
PAF's Air Vice Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan and PLAAF's Lieutenant-General Zheng Qun Liang, represented their respective countries in the closing ceremony.
Pakistan and China enjoy very close defence ties and hold military exercises on a regular level. The armed forces of the two countries routinely train together to enhance their skills and to foster better coordination when operating in a joint environment.