China has begun deliveries of its latest jet fighter aircraft to Pakistan.
SV Pakistan's President Zia-ul-Haq presenting civil award to leader of visiting Chinese delegation, Wang Dinglie, at the Presidency, Rawalpindi
SV Chinese delegates seated
SV President Zia presents award to Chinese delegation member, Zhu Wei Bin
SV Delegates seated with wall handing in Arabic in background
SV President Zia presents award to delegation member, Wang Hua Chen
SV President Zia presents award to delegation member, Chang Feng Yang
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Background: China has begun deliveries of its latest jet fighter aircraft to Pakistan. According to the United News of India, China has agreed to supply three squadrons of the aircraft--code-named Fantan by NATO--to replace some of the present squadrons of ageing MiG-19s. Pakistan expects the last of the 65 jet fighters to be delivered by mid-1981. The deal is disturbing news for India, but has delighted Pakistan's President Zia-ul-Haq.
SYNOPSIS: Analysts regard the contract as just one aspect of increasing co-operation between Pakistan and Peking. On Tuesday (11 November), a Chinese goodwill delegation led by Air Force Chief of Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), Wang Dinglie, was honoured by President Zia. Four members of the delegation, including Mr. Wang, were to receive civil awards from the Pakistani leader.
General Zia told the Chinese guests that the people of Pakistan cherished a profound feeling for China and he also expressed a wish for further Pakistan-China co-operation. He said Pakistan would make greater efforts to promote the development of that co-operation. China's Deputy Chief of the Engineering Department of the Air Force of the PLA, Zhu Wei Bin was among those to be honoured.
President Zia said the awards were for meritorious services by the Chinese Air Force experts for the early completion of the F-6 Aircraft Rebuild Factory at Kamra. Wang Hua Chen is the Deputy Chief of the Chinese Air Force's Factory Management Division, who, with other delegation members, attended the opening of the Kamra factory on 3 November.
The fourth and last member to be honoured at the investiture ceremony at the Presidency in Rawalpindi was Chang Feng Yang. President Zia said his administration was grateful for the availability of Chinese engineers and their deep and personal interest in the project. He said this, along with the provision of machinery and equipment fir the complex, was a landmark in growing defence collaboration between China and Pakistan.