Defense minister meets with guests from Sri Lanka, East Timor, Nepal and Thailand

China Military
Yao Jianing

BEIJING, October 13 (ChinaMil) -- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan met with Sri Lanka's Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Karunasena Hettiarachchi, East Timor's Defense Minister Cirilo Cristovao, Nepalese Defense Minister Bal Krishna Khand and Thai Deputy Defense Minister Udomdej Sitabutr separately in Beijing on the morning of October 11.

In the meeting with Sri Lanka's Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Hettiarachchi, Chang Wanquan praised China and Sri Lanka as long-tested friends and partners. The two countries have had frequent high-level mutual visits in recent years, and Chinese president Xi Jinping and Sri Lankan leaders reached important consensuses during their several meetings on further developing bilateral relations.

Chang stressed that the Chinese military is willing to work with Sri Lanka to resolutely implement those consensuses on strengthening bilateral defense relations, push pragmatic cooperation in various fields, and contribute to the development of bilateral strategic partnership.

Hettiarachchi spoke highly of the long-standing friendship between Sri Lanka and China, and said Sri Lanka remained thankful to the Chinese government and people for their moral and material support when Sri Lanka was fighting for national independence, security and stability.

As bilateral defense cooperation progressed well in recent years, he hoped the two sides could keep up the good momentum and deepen exchanges in relevant areas.

When meeting with East Timor's Defense Minister Cirilo Cristovao, Chang Wanquan said China and East Timor have had good relations and made sound progress since they formed diplomatic ties and friendly cooperation in various areas.

China thanks East Timor for its consistent support regarding issues concerning China's core interests, and is willing to work with East Timor to intensify strategic alignment for development and deepen pragmatic cooperation in all areas, Chang said.

As mil-to-mil relations between the two countries is moving forward with great momentum, China is willing to strengthen group exchange, personnel training and cooperation in other fields with East Timor, so as to tighten the mil-to-mil relations and boost the all-round development of bilateral relations.

Cristovao called China East Timor's most important partner, and said the East Timor people were thankful for China's consistent assistance.

He urged the two sides to intensify defense exchanges and deepen cooperation in such areas as military medical care and maritime security, so as to push forward bilateral and mil-to-mil relations.

During his meeting with Nepalese Defense Minister Bal Krishna Khand, Chang Wanquan called China and Nepal traditional friendly neighbors.

He said that in recent years, bilateral relations has progressed steadily with notable achievements thanks to the care and push of President Xi Jinping and Nepalese leaders, and military exchange and cooperation in such areas as high-level mutual visits, group exchange, personnel training, and rescue and disaster relief is quite fruitful.

Given the common security interests between the two countries, Chang called for stronger military cooperation in order to contribute more to creating a community of common destiny.

Khand praised the long-standing friendship between Nepal and China, and said Nepal thanked the Chinese government and military for their support and aid when Nepal was most in need.

Mil-to-mil exchange and cooperation between the two sides has progressed smoothly in recent years, and Khand called for deeper bilateral and mil-to-mil relations on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits.

When meeting with Thai Deputy Defense Minister Udomdej Sitabutr, Chang Wanquan said the China-Thailand relations has developed across the board in recent years.

The two militaries have maintained traditional friendship and had fruitful cooperation, their defense and military leaders visited each other frequently, and mil-to-mil exchanges in such areas as joint training, personnel training, multilateral security and specific fields have borne great results, giving a strong impetus to their military buildup and regional stability and development, Chang said.

Chang stressed that China stands ready to work with Thailand to deepen practical military exchange and cooperation and push the mil-to-mil relations to a higher level.

Udomdej Sitabutr noted the deep traditional friendship between Thailand and China and the smooth development of mil-to-mil relations in recent years.

He said that Thailand was willing to work with China to deepen their cooperation in personnel training and joint exercise and training, and continuously push forward the relationship between the two militaries.

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