General Zhang oversaw China’s lunar exploration and manned space projects during Xi Jinping’s first 5-year term as president. He’s also said to have been involved in Chinese drones project.
May 18, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — General Zhang Youxia, Vice Chairman of Chinese Central Military Commission visited the Air Headquarters in Islamabad on Friday.
On his arrival, the distinguished guest was received by Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.
A smartly turnout contingent of Pakistan Air Force presented guard of honor to the distinguished Chinese guest. He was introduced to the Principal Staff Officers of Pakistan Air Force.
According to a report in The South China Morning Post last October, General Zhang oversaw China’s lunar exploration and manned space projects during Xi Jinping’s first 5-year term as president. He’s also said to have been involved in Chinese drones project.
The distinguished guest had a one on one meeting with the Air Force chief.
Later on, both leaders led their delegation during a formal discussion on matters of mutual interests. Both leaders showed their satisfaction on the existing cooperation between PAF and PLAAF, and reiterated their resolve to take this cooperation to further heights.
General Zhang Youxia, 67, a close ally of President Xi Jinping, was promoted to second-ranked vice-chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) at the first plenum of the Communist Party’s new Central Committee in October.
He is said to be Xi Jinping’s ‘sworn brother’, according to the SCMP report.
Zhang Youxia grew up with Chinese President and their fathers served together in army.
The CMC is the PLA’s top decision-making body and Hong Kong-based military observer Liang Guoliang said Zhang’s promotion would smooth the way for Xi’s ambitious plans to transform it into a truly modern army, report SMCP.