China, Bangladesh vow to boost mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEIJING—China and Bangladesh vowed In Dhaka on Sun­day 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 Chi­nese 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 Chi­nese 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 trust­wor­thy 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. The Chi­nese min­is­ter ar­rived here on Satur­day for a visit. Before the meet­ings, Chang laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Un­known Solider in Dhaka.

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