Foreign and Military Affairs

China, UK hold fourth defense strategic talks

Updated: 2011-04-17 13:31


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BEIJING - China and the UK held the fourth defense strategic talks in Beijing Sunday.

Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Ma Xiaotian and British Vice Chief of Defense Staff Nicholas Houghton co-chaired the one-day talks.

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"Facing the changing international situation, it is more necessary and important to strengthen our exchanges and consultation. We have made earnest preparation, and we are candid and open for the discussions. I believe with our joint efforts, the talks will score positive achievements," Ma said.

Houghton said in view of the international security situation, it is important for the two countries to conduct the defense strategic talks. He hoped the two sides would discuss the emerged new problems on the basis of mutual trust and friendship they have built in previous talks.

Ma said the strategic talks is an important exchanges mechanism between the two militaries, and China holds a positive, candid and open attitude towards the continuation of the talks.

"The China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership is bound to be brought to a new high so long as the two sides follow the principle of mutual respect and keep strengthening mutual understanding and trust," Ma said.

He also pledged to further deepen the exchanges and cooperation between the two armed forces.


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