The PLA newspaper Karachi January 6(Xinhua) reporters Chen Guoquan, Li Guanmei reported: according to the China-Pakistan military annual military cooperation plan, the nine-day \"Marine Guards-2020\" joint maritime exercises between China and Pakistan in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Saturday began. The joint exercise has nothing to do with the regional situation and is not directed at any third party.
The "“Maritime Guard-2020" joint performance aims to enhance bilateral security cooperation, consolidate the development of China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation, promote the co-construction of a secure marine environment and enhance the capability of the two countries'armed forces to jointly respond to maritime terrorism and crime. The drill was conducted in the North Arabian Sea from 6 to 14 days and lasted for an eight-day period. It was conducted in two phases, namely, discussion and exchange, tactical extrapolation, formation movement, joint cruise, air defense anti-missile, interception and arrest at sea, joint anti-submarine, live fire at sea and joint marine training.
The “Marine Guard-2020" joint performance of the Chinese side is dominated by naval forces in the southern war zone, including four surface vessels, including the guided missile destroyer Yinchuan, the missile frigate Yuncheng, the integrated supply ship Weishan Lake and the aid ship Liu Gongdao, two on board helicopters and more than 30 Marines. Pakistan's main participating forces include two frigates, two fast missile attack boats, one fixed-wing anti-submarine patrol aircraft, two ship-borne helicopters, and more than 60 chinese marines.
Dong Jun, director-general of the “Maritime Guard-2020, deputy commander of the southern war zone, said the two countries were linked by mountains and rivers and had a deep traditional friendship between the two peoples. Since the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in 1951, the armies of China and Pakistan have maintained friendly relations of cooperation. In recent years, through a series of practical exchanges, the two armies have optimized and standardized the organization and implementation of joint military exercises at sea between China and Pakistan, and raised the level of organization and command in joint operations.
Prior to that, the Chinese ships were assembled in Karachi port on the 5th, and the officers and men were well-rounded and neatly lined up. China's ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, and Pakistan's naval fleet commander, Lieutenant General Asif Harick, went to the dock to meet and board the ship. The Chinese participating ships were then open to visiting Pakistani naval officers and overseas Chinese.
Speaking at a regular press conference on November 28 last year, Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said the drill would help deepen security cooperation between China and Pakistan, consolidate the strategic partnership between China and Pakistan all-weather and promote the construction of a maritime community. The exercise has nothing to do with the regional situation and is not directed at any third party.