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China backs ‘iron brother’ Pakistan with primary weapons and complex exercises

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    https://m.economictimes.com/news/de...nd-complex-exercises/articleshow/68418192.cms

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    China backs ‘iron brother’ Pakistan with primary weapons and complex exercises
    China has far surpassed the US as Pak's top weapons supplier and arms deals are only expected to go up.
    By Manu Pubby, ET Bureau | Updated: Mar 15, 2019, 11.59 AM IST
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    China has also found a good partner in Pakistan as an easy first customer for several of its platforms for sale.
    NEW DELHI: The international community may be urging Pakistan to act on terror organisations operating from its soil but relations with ‘iron brother’ China have gone from strength to strength over the past decade, with Beijing not only emerging as its main weapons supplier but also the preferred training partner for complex military exercises, including the use of modern technology for air battle.

    China has far surpassed the US as the biggest weapons supplier to Pakistan and the partnership is expected to increase in coming years-last year Beijing officially declared its largest defence export deal worth over $4 billion to supply eight new submarines to Pakistan that will augment its fleet of French origin boats.

    Last week, China once again called Pakistan its ‘iron brother’ to symbolise the close relationship the two nations share. The terminology, which has been in use for a few years, is backed by a rock solid military relationship that comes from China far surpassing traditional arms supplier, the US, when it comes to modern systems for the Pakistan military.
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    Statistics available from international arms sales tracker SIPRI show that Pakistan, followed by Bangladesh and Myanmar, are the biggest purchasers of Chinese weapons and indicate that the weapons being transferred are growing increasingly sophisticated — from tanks and trainer aircraft in the past to modern fighter jets and even unmanned combat aerial vehicles.
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    On the training front, China has been supporting several major war games to hone Pakistan’s combat abilities with the newly-supplied weapons. The latest exercise was the Shaheen VII — an air force exercise for which China sent not only its fighter jets but early warning aircraft as well.
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    Analysts say the complexity of such exercises has deepened over the past decade as the Pakistani military is increasingly inducting Chinese platforms in the sea, air and on land. The military interoperability of the two nations —backed by the common systems being used — has been a matter of growing concern.

    SIPRI data shows that in the past 10 years (2008-18), China has supplied weapons worth over $6.4 billion to Pakistan, with the US coming a distant second at $2.5 billion. Italy stands at third place with a miniscule $471 million.
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    China, which has been pitching itself as a major exporter of arms, has also found a good partner in Pakistan as an easy first customer for several of its platforms for sale. In the past decade, Pakistan has been China’s biggest export destination for arms, followed by Bangladesh that bought $1.9 billion worth of equipment. Another of India’s neighbour, Myanmar, is at number three in China’s export list at $1.2 billion.

    Besides legacy sales, China’s partnership on future platforms is also on the rise, with reports from late last year in Beijing suggesting that Pakistan will import 48 armed ‘Wing Loong II’ drones that have been developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation.
     
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    This will only get stronger with years to come.
     
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    Chinese Arm is better equipped but I seriously doubt they have much combat experience.
     
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    China is our best brother and partner . No sanction no congress bla bla no presedent sign bs . China is true partner unke west and usa black mailers
     
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    This friendship is beyond mutual and strategic interests.
     
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    I hope that is the case. But objective observers could conclude they are just playing games with India, and that the $$ they are providing will have to be repaid, unlike the untold billions the US provided.

    Yes exactly. PAF officers have trained with the best, and also have combat experience of their own.
     
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    Yes and I'm sure during China-Pak exercises the Chinese too took some valuable experience back with them. Back when Pakistan had good relations with USA our special forces were actually trained by US special forces.

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    I am impressed that you were willing to acknowledge that.

    But experience + tech is a great combo so I don't see how this part of the Chinese-Pak arrangement could go wrong.
     
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    I'm not Anti-American, I'm against US intervention in internal affairs in Pakistan and there is no point in denying that Pakistan and US actually had quite good relations specially when Pakistan joined the anti Communist bloc.
     
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    US trains their youngsters shooting at each other on the street, they all get first hand combat experience at a very ealry age.
     
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    These posts will never offend me, so no need for the flame-throwing. My point that Pakistan has recent experience and China does not, was not meant as an insult, and is demonstrably true.
     
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    What Naimatullah Shah Wali wrote 800+ years ago is all coming true. His writing was very specific on full military support from China and we are witnessing that.
     
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    Don't get into race to post/create more threads instead of your own participation. Not every source is credible nor any news be regarded with latest development. Whatever being told in above article, is already discussed and even few facts above are incorrect.

    I will advice you to take time, read more on the forum and participate into different topics so not just that will help many other readers but also, will avoid duplication of similar topic/discussion.
     
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    Paying dollars back is not as hard as what US wants in return and baggage of constant threat of sanctions these weapons carry. Also I am 100% sure US weapons are used for spying.