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China, Malaysia vow to boost military ties


09:33, April 06, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese and Malaysian military officials reached consensus on Friday to further strengthen military cooperation between the two countries.

Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), said the PLA hopes to bring the bilateral relations between the two armies to a higher level by strengthening high-level exchange, strategic consultations, joint training and other forms of cooperation.

He made the remarks when paying a visit to the Defense Ministry of Malaysia, during which he held talks with Deputy Minister Abdul Latiff Ahmad and Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli Mohd. Zin respectively.

Qi said China and Malaysia, with a long history of traditional friendship, have fruitful cooperation in politics, economy, trade, culture, among others.

Abdul Latiff praised China's efforts to keep world peace and promote common development. He said Malaysia is willing to increase exchange and cooperation with China, in order to further promote the military relations between the two countries.

Zulkifeli, during his talk with the Chinese general, said Malaysian military attaches great importance to PLA's positive role in international and regional affairs.

Malaysia would like to further boost practical cooperation with China and jointly maintain peace and stability in the region, Zulkifeli added.

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