India and China are locked in a tense border face-off in the Himalayas. China's arming of India's rival Pakistan is seen as a strategic move to enc
India and China are locked in a tense border face-off in the Himalayas. China’s arming of India’s rival Pakistan is seen as a strategic move to encircle New Delhi. Beijing is currently constructing a vast naval base on the coast of Pakistan as part of their long-term expansionist project called, the Belt and Road Initiative.
The warships built in the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai are Type-054A/P frigates and are armed with advanced surface, subsurface and anti-air weaponry.
A statement from the Pakistani Navy said: “These ships will significantly contribute in maintaining peace and security in our area of responsibility.”
Chinese media said the frigates would “double the combat power” of the Pakistan Naval fleet.
A Chinese naval spokesperson said: “The sale reflects our progress in the industry and the Pakistani Navy’s confidence in our technology and capability.”
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Last week, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi shared “strategic dialogue,” with his Pakistani counterpart.
This included plans for a £5 billion railway program to improve Pakistan’s main railway line.
A joint statement was read after the meeting.
It stated: “Both China and Pakistan reaffirmed the vitality of the time-tested and all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.”
China’s President Xi Jinping has called Pakistan a “good brother” and a “good partner”.
New Delhi is currently locked in tension with Pakistan in the Jammu and Kashmir region.
India has recently drawn closer ties with the US and is said to be closely monitoring the military cooperation between its two hostile neighbours.