According to the annual military cooperation plan between the two forces, the nine-day China-Pakistan maritime joint exercise \"Maritime Guards-2020\" kicked off in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on January 6. This 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 exercises were conducted in the northern Arabian Sea from 6 to 14 January, and were divided into two phases: shore-to-port training and maritime joint exercises. They mainly included seminars and exchanges, tactical exercises, formation movements, joint cruises, anti-aircraft guides, interception and arrest at sea, joint anti-submarine, live fire at sea and joint training of marine corps.
The “Marine Guard-2020" joint performance of the Chinese side is dominated by the naval forces in the southern war zone, including five ships, including guided-missile destroyers, guided-missile frigates, integrated supply ships and aid-submarine lifeboats. 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 special operations personnel.
Dong Jun, China's general director and deputy commander of the southern war zone, said in recent years, the two armies have conducted a series of practical exchanges to optimize and standardize the organization and implementation of the Sino-Pakistan joint naval military exercises, and have improved their organizational and command level 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 warmly welcomed by the Pakistani people and the Chinese embassy and consulate staff and overseas Chinese. 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.
This is the sixth joint naval exercise between China and Pakistan. Speaking at the ministry's regular press conference on november 28th, defence ministry spokesman mr. ren said the exercise was not relevant to the regional situation and was not directed at any third party.