Chinese, Malaysian navies vow to strengthen cooperation

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-05-25 16:34

BEIJING, May 25 (ChinaMil) -- Admiral Wu Shengli, member of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) and Commander of the PLA Navy, met with Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), in Beijing on May 24, 2016.

With the joint efforts of both sides, the navies of the two countries have made positive progress in building new-type of relations featuring harmonious joint development and win-win cooperation, Adm. Wu said.

He suggested the navies of China and Malaysia should further push forward and expand the application of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), strengthen communication between frontline troops and carry out more pragmatic exchanges and interactions in combination with port calls by naval ships so as to increase the total efficiency of ship visits.

It is necessary for the two navies to hold routine bilateral joint maritime exercises by taking the opportunities of exchange of ship visits and participating in multilateral joint maritime exercises so as to constantly upgrade the level of pragmatic cooperation between the two navies, Adm. Wu noted.

Wu also exchanged views with Kamarulzaman on the South China Sea issue. Wu said that the two navies have broad space and potential for cooperation in the South China Sea. He believed that both the Chinese and Malaysian navies have sufficient wisdom, long-term vision and broad perspectives to manage and control their differences and deepen cooperation, jointly playing positive roles in safeguarding the peace and stability in the South China Sea.

Kamarulzaman said that the Malaysian Navy attaches great importance to the friendly relations with the Chinese Navy and is willing to strengthen multi-level exchange and cooperation with the Chinese side in different areas and jointly safeguard the regional peace and stability.

Kamarulzaman and his party are also scheduled to visit the North China Sea Fleet and the Shanghai Maritime Garrison Command under the East China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, during which they will tour warships including the aircraft carrier Liaoning.

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