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China and Pakistan sign military deal amid tensions with India

1st December, 2020 International Relations

Context: China and Pakistan signed a new memorandum of understanding to boost their already close military relations.

  • Both countries discussed “matters of mutual interest, regional security and enhanced bilateral defence collaboration” along with on-going projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in which the Pakistani military is playing an increasingly prominent role.
    • The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an economic route stretching from western China through Pakistan to the Indian Ocean coast.
    • It is part of China's Belt and Road Initiative.

‘ All-weather friendship’

  • Both sides “reaffirmed their commitment to ‘iron brotherhood’ and ‘all-weather’ Friendship.”
  • While details of the new MoU signed by the two militaries were not immediately available, it follows another agreement signed last year.