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China, Pakistan pledge to strengthen defense ties

BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhua) — China and Pakistan pledged to
strengthen defense ties Thursday at a meeting between Chinese Defense
Minister Liang Guanglie and visiting Pakistani Chief of Army Staff
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
  ”Cooperation between the Chinese and Pakistani armed forces is
exemplary and has been fruitful,” Liang, also a state councilor, said
during the meeting at Diaoyutai Guest House Thursday morning.
Liang said the two sides should make continuous efforts to conduct their cooperation programs well.
He said China would join hands with Pakistan to bring military relations to a new high.
Kayani said Pakistan values its defense and security cooperation
with China, noting that the two countries have cooperated fruitfully in
national defense industries in recent years.
He added Pakistan would further strengthen exchange and cooperation with China.
Kayani also met with Chinese State Councilor and Minister for
Public Security Meng Jianzhu, top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo, and
Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong later
Thursday.

During the meeting with Meng Jianzhu, the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation in law enforcement and security.
Hailing results achieved in the two fields, Meng pointed out
Pakistan’s active efforts in cooperating with China, including in
anti-terrorism. He said he believed that the China-Pakistan cooperation
in law enforcement and security would continue to develop with the
joint efforts from both sides.
Kayani echoed Meng saying the Pakistani government and its armed
forces attached much importance to the strategic cooperation with
China, and the government would further enhance it.
During a meeting with Guo Boxiong, the senior officer of the
People’s Liberation Army of China stressed the importance of strategic
communication between China and Pakistan.
Guo said the all-weather friendship between the two countries has
endured major international challenges. Facing the changing
international and regional security situation, the two sides should
strengthen strategic communication, deepen substantial cooperation and
make positive contributions to regional peace and prosperity.
Kayani said Pakistan valued and was proud of its traditional friendship with China