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China, New Zealand pledge to strengthen military cooperation

(Xinhua)

10:07, September 06, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- China and New Zealand pledged to strengthen military cooperation during talks between Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army of China, and Richard Rhys Jones, head of New Zealand's Defense Force on Monday.

Chen said the China-New Zealand relationship is at its best in history and the two militaries maintain a positive momentum of development.

"China attaches great importance to developing military relations with New Zealand, and the Chinese military is willing to work with New Zealand to strengthen dialogue and pragmatic cooperation between the two militaries in order to promote relations to a higher level," Chen said.

Jones said New Zealand also prioritizes the development of relations with China and the two countries enjoy wide common interests.

He hopes the two militaries can enhance cooperation on peace keeping, fighting pirates, humanitarian assistance and disaster reduction.

"The two militaries should increase personnel exchanges and build a stronger relationship in order to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region," Jones said.

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