BEIJING, Aug.15 (ChinaMil) -- General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), met with Lieutenant General Timothy (Tim) Keating, Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, on Monday afternoon in Beijing.
Gen. Fan Changlong said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and New Zealand 45 years ago, bilateral relations have maintained a good momentum of development as the two sides established a high level of political mutual trust and carried out win-win cooperation in various fields.
Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to New Zealand in 2014, and the two sides decided to elevate bilateral relations to the comprehensive strategic partnership, injecting new impetus to the development of the relations between the two countries and the two militaries, said Fan, adding that in recent years, the two militaries have made positive progress in such pragmatic fields as high-level visits, strategic dialogue, joint training and so on.
Fan said that the Chinese side is willing to work with the New Zealand side to actively explore new areas of exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries, and promote greater development of bilateral relations between the two countries and the two militaries at a new starting point.
Keating said that New Zealand and China are good friends and good partners with profound traditional friendship and the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in political, economic and military fields have been deepening in recent years under the efforts of the leaders of both sides.
The New Zealand side hopes that China can play a greater role in international affairs and wishes to further strengthen dialogue, enhance trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields with the Chinese side and jointly maintain the world and regional peace and stability, Keating added.
Gen. Fan Changlong also introduced the basic situation of China's national defense and military reform to the guests.
Major General Shao Yuanming, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department under China's CMC, also attended the meeting.