Pakistan has been gearing up for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit both on the ground and in the air. Ahead of Xi's arrival, the country renovated its roads and walls and the capital Islamabad set up banners welcoming Xi. The Pakistani Air Force has also sent a fleet of eight fighter jets to escort Xi’s plane. The fighter jets — known as FC-1 Xiao Long in China and the JF-17 Thunder in Pakistan — are a joint investment and development project between China and Pakistan. Using these jets as escort is considered the highest honor the Pakistani Air Force can give to a visiting Chinese leader.