China, Chile pledge closer military ties

10:03, June 09, 2011      

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China and Chile pledged Wednesday to step up bilateral military relations as high-ranking officials from the two countries met Wednesday in Beijing.

"Bilateral ties have been going smoothly since China and Chile established diplomatic relations in 1970," Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie told his Chilean counterpart.

Chilean Defense Minister Andres Allamand is making a five-day official good-will visit to China starting from Monday at the invitation of Liang.

The forging of China-Chile comprehensive cooperative partnership in 2004 marked a new era for the bilateral relations, Liang said.

Hailing the military ties between China an Chile, Liang said the two countries have witnessed frequent visits by high-ranking military officials to each other, and personnel training for each other in recent years.

It was the second meeting between Allamand and Liang within days. They met earlier this month at the 10th Asian Security Summit in Singapore, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. The Summit gathered defense chiefs and senior military officials from 27 countries in Asia Pacific and beyond.

Allamand said he agreed on Liang's ideas on advancing security cooperation in the Asia Pacific raised at the Summit, which feature mutual respect, equal footing and consideration for the core interests and key concerns of others.

"World security is faced with various challenges and all countries need to get united and counter the challenges in joint efforts," Allamand said through an interpreter.

During his meeting with Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Caihou later on Wednesday, Allamand said Chile appreciates the important role that China has been playing in safeguarding global security.

Chile is ready to continue advancing military cooperation with China and improving mutual understanding and mutual trust between the two countries, Allamand said.

During the meeting with Allamand, Xu reiterated the defensive nature of China's defense policies.

"China pursues development of itself by safeguarding world peace as it promotes world peace and development through its own development," Xu said.

Xu said China is willing to work together with Chile to improve the military ties between the two countries in a more extensive way.

Source: Xinhua
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