The Pak-China Joint Air Exercise “Shaheen-IX” culminated at an Operational Air Base of Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony, while the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Nong Rong, also attended the ceremony as guest of honour.

Expressing his views at the occasion, H.E. Mr. Nong Rong said, “International and regional strategic situation is undergoing profound changes with growing complexity in security environment. This calls for the collaboration of our two countries and two armed forces in maintaining peace and stability and to cope with various challenges”. He also added that both Air Forces have achieved many breakthroughs and new heights in diversified battlefield environment during this exercise.

In an address to the participants, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan stated that the existing global security scenario coupled with the evolving dynamics of air warfare, called for enhanced partnership between Pakistan and China and their armed forces. He added that It was heartening that with every passing year, Pakistan-China friendship becomes stronger and stronger. He also said that CPEC was a ‘game changer and a manifestation of our common objectives and destiny.”

The Air Chief also expressed his gratitude to General Ding Laihang, Commander PLAAF for sending a large contingent to participate in the exercise despite the pandemic.

The exercise Shaheen IX witnessed modern fighter jets and support elements from PAF and PLAAF. The Pakistan Air Force frequently participates in similar operational exercises, both inland and abroad, to remain abreast of challenges and response strategies in a threatening environment.

The 10th round of Shaheen Exercise is scheduled to take place in China, next year.


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