China and Canada pledge to deepen bilateral military communication and cooperation 2408132
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Defence & Security News - China / Canada
|Saturday, August 24, 2013 05:28 PM|
|China and Canada pledge to deepen bilateral military communication and cooperation.|
Visiting Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and his Canadian counterpart Robert Nicolson held talks Thursday, August 22, 2013, pledging to deepen bilateral military communication and cooperation. Chang said military relations between China and Canada have maintained a sound momentum of development, as evidenced by frequent contacts between military leaders of the two sides, and their smooth and close coordination on global and regional issues.
Visiting Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan(R in front) shakes hands with his Canadian counterpart Rob Nicholson in Ottawa, August 22, 2013. (Xinhua/Shi Li)
Meanwhile, continuous progress has been made in bilateral military cooperation, such as in military training, international peace-keeping, defense education and mutual visits by warships, he said.
Chang also said China is ready to work with Canada to enhance their military ties by promoting high-level exchanges, strengthening strategic mutual trust, deepening pragmatic exchanges and cooperation, and reinforcing multilateral coordination.
Nicolson said he is glad to see the two militaries have engaged in positive interactions.
He said, as Canada and China share common interests in many issues, militaries of the two countries need to promote dialogue and deepen cooperation in a bid to push their relations forward continuously.
After the meeting, Chang and Nicolson signed an initiative, under which the two countries agreed to promote high-level military exchanges and establish a defence coordination dialogue mechanism.
Also on Thursday, Chang held talks with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.