Top Chinese general to visit Pakistan, India

BEIJING: One of China’s most senior military officers will visit Pakistan and India next month, China’s defence ministry said on Thursday, making trips to neighbouring rivals which have very different relations with Beijing. General Fan Changlong, one of the vice-chairmen of the Central Military Commission which controls the Chinese armed forces and is headed by President Xi Jinping, will visit in the middle of November, ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular news briefing. The trip is to boost friendly exchanges and help “jointly maintain regional peace and security”, Yang said, without elaborating.


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