Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie met in Beijing Monday with Peter Gajdos, deputy chief of the general staff of the Slovak armed forces, pledging to enhance cooperation between the two nations' armed forces.
Liang, who is also a state councilor, said the two countries and two peoples enjoyed profound traditional friendship. Both sides had maintained frequent exchanges between senior leaders and strengthened political trust in recent years.
The two armed forces had maintained close contacts and cooperation, Liang said. Friendly military ties helped to step up all-round relations between the two countries.
The Chinese armed forces were ready to cooperate with Slovakia to promote the healthy, long-lasting and stable development of bilateral military ties, he said.
Gajdos said the two militaries enjoyed a sound and solid foundation for cooperation. They conducted broad exchanges and cooperation in training, medical treatment and public health. He hoped the two forces' ties could be further strengthened.
Gajdos reiterated his country's firm adherence to the one-China policy.
Before the meeting, Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, held talks with Gajdos, conferring on bilateral military cooperation and other issues of common concern.