Chinese defense minister vows to promote military ties with Tanzania to new height

09:04, June 16, 2011      

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Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie pledged to push forward military ties and cooperation with the Tanzanian army on Wednesday.

Liang made the remark when he met with visiting Chief of Defense Forces of the Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF) General Davis Mwamunyange.

Liang said China and Tanzania have a profound and traditional friendship, and the bilateral relationship of cooperation has stood the test of time.

The two sides have shared the same view on major issues since they established diplomatic ties in the 1960s, said Liang, adding that mutual exchanges and cooperation in all areas have consistently expanded.

Liang hailed Tanzania's support to China on Taiwan and Tibet-related issues as well as other major issues concerning China's core and critical interests, saying the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is ready to make joint efforts with the TPDF, so to improve their relationship.

Echoing Liang's remark, Mwamunyange said the TPDF and PLA have maintained frequent exchanges in recent years, and their cooperation continues to deepen.

Mwamunyange said he hoped the friendly relationship between the two armies could be further strengthened.

Mwamunyange and his delegation arrived in Beijing on Sunday for a official goodwill visit at the invitation of PLA's Chief of the General Staff Chen Bingde.

Source: Xinhua
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