BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Defense
Minister Liang Guanglie met here Tuesday with visiting Tongan King Taufa'ahau
Tupou V, and the two expressed the hope to enhance exchange and cooperation
between the two militaries.
Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (R) shakes hands with Tongan King Taufa'ahau Tupou V during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, April 15, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
Hailing the development of bilateral relations since
the establishment of diplomatic ties 10 years ago, Liang, also a state
councillor, noted that the two nations had fruitful cooperation in politics,
economy, trade, agriculture and education, and kept a sound coordination in
regional and international affairs.
China values relations with Tonga, and was ready to
further promote friendly cooperation between the two nations on the basis of
equality and mutual benefit, Liang said.
Liang said the two armed forces have constantly made
new progress in bilateral relations, with frequent high level visits and sound
momentum in the exchange of personnel training and other fields.
Speaking highly of the China-Tonga military
relations, Liang said China would work with Tonga to expand exchanges and
increase pragmatic cooperation between the two armed forces.
King Tupou V said his country and China witnessed
sound cooperation between the two militaries, hoping that the two armed forces
would continue to advance bilateral ties.
King Tupou V arrived in Beijing Sunday following his
attendance in the year's annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) held in
Sanya, a scenic city in south China's Hainan Province.