Chinese, French officers discuss on defense, security in Beijing

China-France Seminar on Defense and Security for Senior Defense Officials opened here Saturday afternoon.

Hosted by the Chinese Defense Ministry, the 10-day seminar was attended by more than 10 officers from the French army, navy and air force.

The seminar offers an opportunity for the two sides to exchangeviews on international and regional security situations and help advance military cooperation between the two countries, according to a senior Chinese defense official.

Noted experts and scholars from the Chinese Defense Ministry, Military Academy of Sciences of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Chinese Foreign Ministry and other institutions will give lectures on international and regional situation, Sino-European relations, international counter-terrorism and regional cooperation.

French officers will also pay a visit to Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province, Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi Province and Shanghai. They will visit military projects and be briefed on military issues.

In 2003, some 20 Chinese defense officials were invited to attend the first China-France Seminar on Defense and Security heldin Paris.

Source: Xinhua

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