China and Germany Eye To deepen Air Force Ties

China’s Air Force Gen. Ma Xiaotian, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and commander of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF), met yesterday with Lieut.Gen. Karl Müllner, the visiting inspector-general of the German Air Force, at the Headquarters of the PLAAF in Beijing.

Ma Xiaotian said that China-Germany relations have been developing steadily and healthily on the basis of mutual respect and pragmatic cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries 41 years ago, as evidenced by close cooperation in all fields and at all levels, and constantly enhanced mutual trust and understanding.

Based on the good Sino-German ties, the relations between the Chinese and German militaries have also been well developed, as evidenced by constant high-level reciprocal visits, smooth operation of exchange and dialogue mechanisms, and fruitful cooperation in professional fields, Ma added.

Ma Xiaotian is satisfied with the good momentum of development of the relations between the two air forces, as evidenced by fruitful pragmatic cooperation and exchanges in all fields. He said that the PLAAF attaches importance to developing relations with the German Air Force and hopes that the two sides will further strengthen high-level contacts and carry out extensive and in-depth exchanges and cooperation in many fields such as pilot training, logistics support and flight safety, etc.

Müllner expressed that Germany attaches importance to developing relations with China and the Chinese PLA, and the German Air Force is willing to continue to maintain and strengthen mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation with the Chinese PLAAF and make joint efforts with the Chinese side to expand exchanges in such fields as professional skills,so as to constantly push forward the friendly relations between the two air forces.