Chinese and New Zealand militaries hold 8th strategic dialogue in Wellington

Zhang Tao

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 28 (ChinaMil) -- Major General Shao Yuanming, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Kevin Short, deputy chief of the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF), and Tony Lynch, deputy secretary of the Ministry of Defense of New Zealand, co-chaired the 8th round of strategic dialogue between the Chinese and New Zealand militaries in Wellington, Capital of New Zealand, on August 25, 2017.

Maj. Gen. Shao Yuanming said that during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to New Zealand in 2014, the two sides announced to establish the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and New Zealand, which has drawn blueprints and pointed out directions for the development of the relations between the two countries and their militaries.

He mentioned that under the guidance and promotion of the two countries' leaders, the two militaries have carried out close high-level contacts, smooth strategic communications and deeper pragmatic cooperation.

The Chinese side is willing to take the opportunity of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between China and New Zealand to expand new fields of exchanges, cultivate new highlights of cooperation with the New Zealand side, and jointly build an "upgrade version" of defense cooperation between the two countries, so as to play a greater role in maintaining regional peace and stability, Shao added.

The New Zealand side expressed that New Zealand Defense Minister Mark Mitchell attaches great importance to the 8th round of strategic dialogue between the two sides and expects to have positive outcomes from the dialogue.

The New Zealand side held that the defense relation between New Zealand and China is an important component of the relations between the two countries, and the two militaries of New Zealand and China have achieved fruitful cooperation in such fields as exchange of high-level visits, joint military exercises and drills, humanitarian rescue and disaster reduction and so on.

The New Zealand side said it is willing to work with China to well implement the consensuses reached by the leaders of the two countries and constantly expand and enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between New Zealand and China.

Maj. Gen. Shao also met on that day with Lieutenant General Timothy (Tim) Keating, chief of the NZDF, and Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defense of New Zealand, and had in-depth exchanges of views with them on issues of common concern.

Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Lutong also attended the meeting.


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