Chinese, Swedish militaries strengthen ties

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Ouyang
2016-07-14 16:16

Admiral Sun Jianguo (R), Deputy Chief of  CMC's Joint Staff Department, shakes hands with Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllensporre (L), Chief of Defense Staff of Swedish Armed Forces, befoere their talks in Beijing, capital of China, July 13, 2016. ( Xiaowei)

BEIJING, July 14 (ChinaMil) -- Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department under China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), held talks Wednesday with visiting Chief of Defense Staff of Swedish Armed Forces Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllensporre, both sides had in-depth exchange of views on issues of common concern.

Sweden is the first Western country to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, and in recent years, both sides have witnessed deepened mutual political trust and fruitful cooperation results in various fields, Sun said.

The military cooperation between the two countries has advanced smoothly in such areas as high-level exchanges, international peacekeeping, logistics and mapping and surveying, Sun said. The Chinese military is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation in all areas with the Swedish military and push forward bilateral military relations to a new level, Sun added.

He briefed his Swedish guest of the Chinese military reform and elaborated China’s principled stance on the so-called South China Sea arbitration.

Sweden attaches importance to developing friendly relations with China and Swedish military hopes to continue to deepen dialogue and cooperation with the Chinese military, enhance mutual trust and push forward further development of bilateral military ties, Gyllensporre said.

He noted that Sweden hopes the related disputes over the South China Sea can be resolved peacefully through consultations.

Gyllensporre appreciated the Chinese military’s contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations, and expressed his condolences to the Chinese peacekeepers killed in the peacekeeping actions.

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