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China, Bangladesh vow to boost military exchange, cooperation

Updated: May 30,2016 7:32 AM     Xinhua

DHAKA — China and Bangladesh vowed in Dhaka on May 29 to further boost exchange and cooperation between the two militaries.

The pledge came after Chang Wanquan, China’s defense minister, met with Bangladesh’s Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Hug, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed and Chief of Air Staff Marshal Abu Esrar respectively.

The visiting defense minister said the cooperation in the sectors of politics, economy and trade, and culture between the two sides have scored great achievements since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1975.

Cultivated and pushed by the leaders of the two countries, the development of the military ties between the two countries has maintained good momentum with cooperation in all fields further deepening, Chang said.

The Chinese military is willing to work together with the Bangladesh military to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, boost strategic exchange and mutual support, broaden personnel training and cooperation in equipment technology, promote exchanges between the young military officers of the two countries and push forward the comprehensive development of bilateral ties, the Chinese minister added.

Calling China a trust-worthy strategic partner, the Bangladeshi military leaders said the two countries have developed high-level political mutual trust and conducted fruitful economic and trade cooperation.

The Bangladeshi side appreciates the long-term support and help offered by China, and firmly supports China in safeguarding its core national interests.

The Bangladeshi military is willing to make joint efforts with China to strengthen exchange of visits at various levels and boost cooperation in the fields of personnel training, peacekeeping, military medical care and military equipment so as to further promote their military ties.

Chang arrived in Dhaka on May 28 for a visit. Before the meetings, Chang laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Dhaka.