New Delhiinfo-icon: Chinese fighters have reached Islamabad to take part in the Pakistaninfo-icon Day parade, days after Beijing put a technical hold on the fourth proposal seeking a "global terrorist" tag for Masood Azhar, the chief of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Pakistan observes its national day on 23 March, to mark the 1940 signing of the Pakistan Resolution, seeking a separate homeland for Muslims, by the All Indiainfo-icon Musliminfo-icon League at Lahore's Minto Park.

The parade this year will featureinfo-icon flypasts by Turkish F-16s and Chinese J-10 aircraft, besides paratroop contingents from the Azerbaijaninfo-icon, Bahraininfo-icon, Saudi Arabiainfo-icon and Sri Lankainfo-icon armed forces.

The J-10 fighter jets of the People's Liberation Armyinfo-icon Air Force's Bayi Aerobatic Team arrived in Pakistan Saturday, at a time when tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi are at a new high in the wake of the 14 February Pulwama strike, which was claimed by the JeM.

The arrival of the Chinese fighters, even if to perform aerobatic stunts at an annual event, at this point is seen as a display of the growing military ties between the two countries.

Former national security adviser Shivshankar Menon noted as much in a tweet.

Hu Zhiyong, a researchinfo-icon fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of International Relations, told Chinainfo-icon's Global Times Sunday that Beijing sending fighter jets to celebrate Pakistan Day is symbolic of the bilateral friendship, noting that Pakistan is an all-weather friend of China.

This is, however, not the first time the Bayi Aerobatic Team has performed in Pakistan.

On 19 November 2017, the team staged a performance with J-10 fighter jets in Quetta, the capital city of Pakistan's Balochistaninfo-icon province, where the Pakistan army is carrying out a military operation against secessionists.