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China, Russia hold military consultations
2004/03/17
    China and Russia held the eighth round military consultations in Beijing Tuesday, with broad consensus reached, and both sides jointly vowed to further boost cooperation in the future.

    The half-day consultations was hosted by Xiong Guangkai, deputy chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army,and Yury Baluyevsky, first deputy chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces.

    The two sides exchanged views on the regional and internationalsecurity situation, major international issues, cooperation between the two armed forces and other issues of common concern.

    The two sides reached broad consensus. They agreed that developing the friendly cooperative ties of the two armed forces is an important component of the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

    They shared the same view that to maintain and develop the current friendly cooperative ties between the two armed forces is not only helpful to the defense and military construction of the two countries, but also important to the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.

    Xiong said as it has been the eighth round of military consultations between China and Russia, consensus was reached on almost all issues discussed during each round of consultations, which indicated that both countries shared common concerns and stands on many international and regional issues and had the same wish to further boost bilateral ties.

    Xiong also expressed his appreciation to the Russian government for its adherence to the "one China" principle on the Taiwan issue and objection to any words and actions of the Taiwan authority aiming to change Taiwan's position and separate Taiwan from China.

    Baluyevsky expressed the hope to further strengthen bilateral consultations with China on major international and regional issues. Enditem

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