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China, Angola vow to advance military ties

07-21-2010 09:01 BJT

BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese and Angolan defense ministers met here Tuesday and vowed to push forward bilateral military cooperation.

The peoples of China and Angola have a deep traditional friendship, Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said while meeting his Angolan counterpart, Candido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dunem.

Liang said the two sides' comprehensive bilateral relationship is sound and that friendly exchanges between the two armed forces have developed.

The Chinese armed forces attach great importance to relations with the armed forces of Angola, said Liang.

Liang added that China hopes to work with Angola to promote bilateral military cooperation.

Van-Dunem thanked Liang for China's support of Angola's reconstruction and economic development.

He also expressed hope his visit will promote bilateral military cooperation.

He also reaffirmed Angola will continue to adhere to the one-China policy.

Angola achieved independence from Portugal in 1975. A 27-year civil war ended in 2002.

China forged diplomatic ties with Angola in 1983.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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