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China, Turkey vow to strengthen military ties

( Source: China Military Online  )         2014-July-9 17:05

  BEIJING, July 9 (ChinaMil) ― Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), met with Adm. Bülent Bostanoğlu, commander of the Turkish Navy, and his party in Beijing on the afternoon of July 7, 2014.

  Fan Changlong said that the friendship between China and Turkey goes back to ancient times, noting the two countries have maintained sustained, healthy and steady progresses on their friendly cooperative relationship since the establishment of the diplomatic ties, and have supported and coordinated with each other in major international and regional issues.

  The Chinese side appreciated Turkish government's adherence to the one-China policy and its understanding of and support to China's anti-terrorism stance and concern, and hoped that the Turkish side will continue to support China on issues concerning its sovereignty and territorial integrity, Fan added.

  Fan also said that the relations between the Chinese and Turkish militaries have always maintained a sound momentum of development as evidenced by frequent high-level mutual visits, extensive exchanges and cooperation in military training, exercise and academy education, as well as mutual support in international peacekeeping missions and anti-piracy escort missions.

  Fan stressed that the Chinese side attaches great importance to its military relations with the Turkish side, and is ready to further enhance pragmatic cooperation with Turkey in various areas including exchanges between the two navies, so as to upgrade the military cooperation and advance the relations between the two militaries to a higher level.

  Bostanoğlu said although Turkey and China are far apart geographically, the people of the two countries have profound friendship. Turkey opposes all forms of terrorism and stands ready to work with China to carry out joint anti-terrorism actions. He hailed the smooth development of the relations between the Turkish and Chinese militaries. He expressed that he will constantly push forward the development of the friendly relations between the two militaries.

  Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), was present at the meeting.

Editor :  Zhang Tao