ISLAMABAD (Dec 2, 2018) — Joint International Air Drill of Pakistan and China dubbed Shaheen VII has started at an operational airbase in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.
It is the seventh air exercise in the series of joint air drills with Chinese Air force. Shaheen VI was held at a Chinese airbase last year.
According to a PAF spokesperson, a contingent of Chinese Air Force has arrived in Pakistan which includes pilots and air defense controllers.
Apart from technical crew, fighter, bomber and early warning AWACS airplanes of Chinese Air Force are also part of the drill.
Previously, the three-week Shaheen VI joint drill was held in September last year in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
The joint drills are intended to deter security threats, maintain national security and protect people of the two countries, according to CCTV.
The Pakistan Army and the Russian military have also held joint military drills in the mountains of Pakistan from October 21 to November 4 this year.
The joint drills – Friendship 2018 – were held at the training range in Pakistan’s northwestern town of Pabbi.
More than 70 troopers from Russia’s southern military district participated in the drills.
The servicemen from the two armed forces performed drills at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level.
Pakistan, China and Russia have been conducting security and counter-terrorism exercises on bilateral level amid reports of ISIS aiming to expand its activities beyond Afghanistan, some observers say.
The three countries also have moved closer bilaterally on regional and international matters much to the chagrin of Tump’s administration.