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Senior military leader meets with Russian defense minister

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-05-11


Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong (L) shakes hands with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow, Russia, May 10, 2015. (Photo by Dai Tianfang)

  MOSCOW, May 11 (ChinaMil) -- Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), met with Sergey Shoygu, defense minister of Russia, on the afternoon of May 10, 2015 during his visit in Moscow.

  They exchanged in-depth views on how to implement the achievements made by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia and further promote the development of bilateral military relations.

  Fan Changlong said that President Xi Jinping attended the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Russia's victory in the Great Patriotic War, achieved fruitful results during his visit to Russia, and promoted the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination to a new stage.

  Fan expressed that the two heads of state have agreed to actively strengthen military exchanges during their meeting, emphasizing that China is willing to work with Russia to firmly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads to further deepen pragmatic cooperation between the two militaries and contribute to the development of bilateral relations.

  Fan Changlong extended congratulations on Russia's successful celebrations. Fan also invited Russia's military leaders and parade formations to join the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist Wars in September this year. Shoygu thanked China for sending a 112-person parade square to participate in the Red Square military parade and spoke highly of the spirit and morale of China's PLA honor of guards.

  Shoygu said that the heads of the two states attach great importance to military exchanges between Russia and China, as evidenced by effective cooperation in high-level exchanges, defense consultations, joint training and joint exercises and personnel training during the past few years, as well as in the field of defense and security under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

  Shoygu stressed that under the new situation, the strengthening of bilateral military cooperation is conducive to safeguarding world peace and stability. The Russian side will continue to deepen military exchanges with China and constantly push forward the development of bilateral military relations.

  After the talks, Fan Changlong and his party were invited to visit the newly established National Defense Management Center of the Russian Armed Forces, and had in-depth exchanges with people in charge of the Center on related issues.

  Li Hui, Chinese ambassador to Russia, Yi Xiaoguang, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Wang Li, vice director of the PLA General Armaments Department, and Antonov, deputy defense minister of Russia, attended the above activities.

Editor:Zhang Tao
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