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China lauds ties with Australia, vowing to further military co-op
2007/07/10

    BEIJING, June 9 (Xinhua) -- China hailed its relations with Australia here Monday, vowing to boost bilateral military exchanges and cooperation.

    "Military exchanges and cooperation are an important part of bilateral relations," said Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo in his meeting with visiting Australian Defense Minister Brendan Nelson.

    Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), noted that China views bilateral relations from a strategic perspective and hopes the two sides lift ties to a higher level on the 35th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.

    Noting the growth of bilateral relations in recent years, he also expressed his appreciation over Australia's adherence to the one China policy.

    Agreeing upon Wu's views on bilateral relations, Nelson said the two sides have established a solid political and economic relationship and shoulder common responsibilities to maintain regional peace and stability.

    Nelson is making his first visit to China since he assumed the post in January 2006.

    Nelson told Wu that he "completely understands" the need for the Chinese People's Liberation Army to modernize in order to address a range of modern challenges.

    He reiterated that Australia would continue to stick to the one China policy.

    Nelson will conclude his four-day China visit on Tuesday. 

Editor: Lin Li
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