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All-weather Sino-Pak ties

Beijing, Sept. 4 (PTI): A day after China and Pakistan unveiled the FC-1, an all-weather fighter jet jointly developed by the two, the Chinese defence minister flew to Islamabad to further their ‘all-weather’ bilateral ties.

General Liang Quanglie, chief of staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), left for an official goodwill visit to Pakistan, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Liang’s visit to Pakistan comes on the invitation of the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee of Pakistan, General Mohammed Aziz Khan, it said.

Apart from Pakistan, the PLA chief will also visit Brunei and Malaysia, the report said.

The maiden test flight of the FC-1 ‘all-weather’ multipurpose fighter plane jointly developed by China and Pakistan was successfully undertaken yesterday.

The plane was tested in Wenjiang airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province, in the presence of Pakistan’s air force chief, Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat.

Pakistan has reportedly invested some $75 million in the joint venture and also plans to export the fighter planes to developing countries.

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