BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) -- China and Australia
agreed Monday to expand military cooperation.
"China will spare no effort to support the
implementation of any relevant consensus between the Chinese and Australian
armed forces and will continue expanding communication, deepen practical
cooperation and raise bilateral military ties to a new level," said Chen Bingde,
Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, in a meeting here
with Australian Chief of the Army, Ken Gillespie.
Chen also said that further development of
China-Australia relations was in the interest of both nations and would be
favorable for the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and
Gillespie agreed, saying that Australia-China
relations had developed a lot in the past few years and bilateral military ties
had moved forward. He said Australia was willing work with China to strengthen
cooperation in fighting terrorism, disaster relief and