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Pak army chief assures China of full security to CPEC

Gen Sharif, who is in China on a two-day official visit, on Monday met Premier Li Keqiang and Vice President of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong, the highest military official of the People’s Liberation Army which is headed by President Xi Jinping.

During his meeting with Li, Sharif appreciated Pakistan’s profound friendship with China and stressed that the Pakistani side expects achievements from the CPEC and is ready to provide security for cooperation.

Gen Sharif discussed with Chinese officials the measures to improve military cooperation, exponentially enhance training exchanges, defence technology and intelligence sharing and security of the CPEC, Pakistan military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said. Li met Sharif to enhance bilateral economic and security ties, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

 Military-to-military relations have reinforced China-Pakistan ties, especially economic cooperation, Li said, calling on both sides to strengthen high-level contact and deepen exchanges in various fields. The economic corridor is not only a flagship project between the two sides, but also conducive to development and prosperity of the whole region, Li said.

Pakistan is readying a special force of 4,000 security personnel to protect Chinese nationals working at various projects in Punjab province, including the CPEC project.

Already over 17,000 security personnel from the army and other security forces have been engaged to ensure foolproof security of Chinese nationals working across the country. The ambitious 3,000-kilometre CPEC project was launched last year to link western China to southern Pakistan through a network of roads, railways and pipelines. 

Xi Jinping calls for developing Marxism for 21st century

Beijing: President Xi Jinping on Tuesday asked Chinese researchers to develop Marxism theory that fits into the 21st century, warning that if philosophy and social sciences are not people-centred they will lose their influence. 

Speaking at a symposium discussing China’s work in philosophy and social sciences, Xi asked Chinese social scientists to stick to Marxism in their studies. “Marxism will remain the guiding theory in philosophy and social sciences,” asserted Xi, who is also the general secretary of the ruling party of China.  
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