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|Tuesday, May 15, 2001, updated at 19:45(GMT+8)|
China, Tonga Vow to Further Military TiesChinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian said here Tuesday that China wishes to work with Tonga to further promote bilateral military relations.
In a meeting with Tau'aika Uta'atu, commander of the National Army of Tonga, Chi said that the bilateral ties, including the military relationship, have been developing smoothly, adding that China is satisfied with the development status.
Chi, who is also vice chairman of the Central Military Commission and a state councilor, said that the two countries have maintained frequent high-level visits and the mutually-beneficial cooperation has been further expanded in recent years.
Chi expressed his appreciation to the Tongan government for its adherence to the one-China position on the Taiwan issue.
He also briefed the guest on China's foreign and defense policies and its economic developments.
Uta'atu said that the relations between the two countries and their militaries have continued to develop since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1998.
He said that the high-level visits between the two sides have further enhanced their friendly cooperation.
Uta'atu stressed that his country is willing to join efforts with China to keep the peace and stability in the Pacific region.
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