China, Peru pledge to enhance military cooperation

10:06, May 04, 2011      

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Chinese and Peruvian military leaders on Tuesday agreed to enhance friendly cooperation between the two armies.

During his meeting with Peruvian Defense Minister Jaime Thorne, Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, said China-Peru relations have strengthened in recent years with smooth development in the friendly cooperation in politics, economy and trade and culture.

Bilateral relations have entered into a new phase of development since 2008, when Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Peruvian counterpart Alan Garcia exchanged visits, establishing a strategic partnership between the two countries, Xu said.

The military relations form an important part of the China-Peru relationship and have made great contribution to the comprehensive development of bilateral relations, Xu said.

China hopes the two countries could make joint efforts to advance the friendly cooperation between the two militaries to a new level, Xu said.

For his part, Thorne said the good communication and cooperation between the two militaries and the two nations conforms to the common interest of both parties.

The Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, which was signed in 2009, promotes common prosperity, Thorne said.

Peru is willing to work together with China to keep broadening the military cooperation between the two countries and make contributions to safeguarding world peace, Thorne said.

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie also met with Thorne on the same day. The two sides exchanged views on further advancing bilateral defense cooperation.

Thorne started Tuesday his six-day visit to China at the invitation of Liang.

Source: Xinhua
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