Foreign and Military Affairs

China eyes military ties with Greece

Updated: 2011-06-27 16:17
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BEIJING - China is willing to boost military cooperation with Greece on multiple levels, State Councilor and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said Monday.

Liang made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Chief of Hellenic National Defense General Staff Ioannis Giagkos.

Liang said China-Greece relations have enjoyed stable development since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1972. He added that bilateral relations entered a new phase of development when the two counties established their comprehensive strategic partnership in 2006.

Liang hailed the two countries' frequent high-level visits, increased mutual trust and the achievements that both sides have made in areas such as economics, trade, shipping and tourism.

China attaches great importance to developing its relations with Greece and is willing to work with Greece to strengthen their cooperation, he said.

Liang also hailed frequent high-level visits between the militaries of both nations, as well as their cooperation in personnel training. He expressed willingness to boost interactions between the Chinese and Greek militaries in the future.

Giagkos said he hopes deepen relations between the two countries and strengthen cooperation between the militaries of both countries.