BEIJING, August 14 (ChinaMil) -- General Fang Fenghui, member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of the Joint Staff Department under the CMC, met with Lieutenant General Timothy (Tim) Keating, Chief of the New Zealand Defense Force, in Beijing on Monday afternoon.
Fang Fenghui said that thanks to the promotion and guidance of the leaders from both countries in recent years, the development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides has entered the fast lane. On this basis, the relationship between the two militaries has maintained a positive momentum of development, and there have been close high-level exchanges, smooth strategic dialogue mechanism, expanding professional exchanges and pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.
Fang noted that China and New Zealand are important countries in the Asia-Pacific region and have broad common interests in promoting regional stability and development. The Chinese army is willing to work with New Zealand to earnestly implement the important consensus of the leaders of the two countries and continue to strengthen strategic communication, explore and perfect cooperation mechanism, enrich joint training and drills, strengthen exchanges among young officers and soldiers, and strive to elevate the relationship between the two militaries to a new level.
Keating said that New Zealand and China have deep historical origins and friendly traditions. He said that New Zealand is willing to deepen cooperation with China in various fields, develop closer relations and jointly cope with challenges, and contribute to safeguarding regional and world peace and stability.
The two sides also exchanged views on issues of common concern including the North Korea crisis and South China Sea disputes.
Fang Fenghui held a welcome ceremony for Keating before the talks and accompanied him to review the guards of honor of the three services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA).