China, New Zealand vow to boost military cooperation

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Ouyang
2016-06-29 22:16

Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department under China's Central Military Commission (CMC), meets with New Zealand Secretary of Defense Helene Quilter at the International Military Cooperation Office of CMC in Beijing on June 28, 2016. ( Xiaowei)

BEIJING, June 29 (ChinaMil) -- Admiral Sun Jianguo,deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department under China's Central Military Commission (CMC), met with visiting New Zealand Secretary of Defense Helene Quilter on Tuesday morning. Both sides had in-depth exchange of views on issues of common concern.

China and New Zealand have achieved smooth military-to-military cooperation in the fields of high-level contacts, international peacekeeping, logistics, military academies, and reciprocal warship visits, Sun Jianguo said, adding that China hopes both sides can continue to maintain a good momentum of cooperation in the defense and military sectors, strengthen pragmatic exchange and cooperation.

Sun expounded China's principled stance on maritime security, and hoped that New Zealand will continue to honor its commitments of not taking sides in relevant territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Helene Quilter said that New Zealand attaches great importance to its relations with China and appreciates the good relationship between the two militaries very much. She expected the two militaries to deepen communication and cooperation.

All parties concerned should strive to seek consensuses through strengthening dialogues and communication, so as to reach proper settlement of disputes, Quilter said.

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