Issue Brief on “Pakistan-China: Ensuring Maritime Security”

China has handed over Pakistan a third 600-ton maritime patrol ship under an agreement signed in 2015. Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production signed the contract with M/s China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) which included construction of four 600 tonnes and two 1500 tonnes patrol ships for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA).

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved Rs.13.87 bn for the construction of these ships back in December 2014.[1]

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