China, Ser­bia to boost mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING—China and Ser­bia have agreed to strengthen mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion as Fang Fenghui, a member of China’s Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion (CMC), held talks with vis­it­ing chief of Ser­bian armed forces Lju­bisa Dikovic Wed­nes­day in Bei­jing.

Hail­ing the tra­di­tional friend­ship between China and Ser­bia, Fang, also chief of the Joint Staff De­part­ment un­der China’s Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion (CMC), called for lift­ing co­op­er­a­tion to match the grow­ing ties of the two coun­tries. China and Ser­bia agreed to lift bi­lat­eral re­la­tions to com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship, dur­ing Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s re­cent state visit to the coun­try.

“We are will­ing to im­ple­ment the con­sen­sus reached by the two pres­i­dents, dis­cuss ex­pand­ing the mode and means of co­op­er­a­tion, and fur­ther im­prove top-level de­sign,” Fang said. He called on ex­pand­ing the scale of per­sonal train­ing and step­ping up ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in such fields as UN peace­keep­ing, joint drills on anti-ter­ror­ism, nu­cle­ar­bio­log­i­cal-chem­i­cal pro­tec­tion and mil­i­tary medicine. Dikovic echoed Fang on those areas of co­op­er­a­tion, pledg­ing to work with the Chi­nese side.—Xin­hua

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