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China, Macedonia agree to strengthen military ties

12-15-2011 16:21 BJT

BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- China and Macedonia on Thursday agreed to strengthen military ties and bring cooperation to a higher level.

The pledge came out of a meeting between Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, and Fatmir Besimi, head of Macedonia's Defense Ministry.

Hailing the traditional friendship between the two countries, Guo said political mutual trust has continued to deepen and the two countries understand each other and support each other's major concerns.

"China-Macedonia relationships have developed well in recent years. We have also expanded pragmatic cooperation in various fields," Guo said, adding that China holds a positive attitude toward developing military-to-military ties with Macedonia.

"Macedonia will continue to adhere to the one-China policy," Besimi said, adding that Macedonia attaches importance to bilateral relations and regards China as a reliable friend.

Before the meeting, Defense Minister Liang Guanglie also held talks with Besimi, and the two sides exchanged views on further advancing bilateral defense cooperation.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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