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China, Thailand vow to further promote military ties

Updated: May 25,2016 1:51 PM     Xinhua

Defense Minister Chang Wanquan (R) meets with Thai Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan in Laos capital Vientiane on May 24, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

VIENTIANE — China and Thailand have vowed to improve military relations and cooperation in areas such as training and defense industry.

The pledge was made on May 24 during a meeting between Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and Thai Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan when they were preparing for the informal meeting between Chinese and ASEAN defense ministers held on May 25.

Chang hailed cooperation between the two armed forces in recent years, especially in defense and security consultation, joint training and national defense industry. He hopes to further implement the important consensus made by leaders of the two countries and deepen the strategic communication between the two armies so as to strengthen China-Thailand friendship.

Prawit, on his part, confirmed the frequent high-level exchanges between the two countries. He also expressed the hope to further personnel exchange and deepen anti-terrorism cooperation between the two armies.

The two defense ministers also exchanged views on global and regional issues, including the South China Sea dispute.