Defense chiefs of China, Bolivia pledge stronger military ties   2010-08-17 18:51:24 FeedbackPrintRSS

 Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for his Bolivian counterpart Ruben Saavedra Soto in Beijing, capital of Beijing, Aug. 17, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

BEIJING, Aug.17 (Xinhua) -- China and Bolivia on Tuesday pledged to expand military ties by maintaining exchanges and strengthening officer training.

The pledge came out of the hour-long talks between Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and his Bolivian counterpart Ruben Saavedra, who is on a week-long visit to China.

Liang reviewed the growth of China-Bolivia relations, particularly military ties, since the two countries forged diplomatic relations in 1985.

Liang said China would continue to develop military exchanges and cooperation with Bolivia.

"China would like to work with Bolivia to maintain and strengthen military personnel exchanges and training," Liang said.

Saavedra, who took office as Bolivian defense chief in January this year, said Bolivia-China relations were now at their best in the 25-year-long history of diplomatic ties.

He said his country would make joint efforts with China to deepen military collaboration.

Saavedra underscored Bolivia's adherence to the one-China policy.

Later Tuesday, Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong also met with Saavedra. Both sides pledged to make concerted efforts to promote military ties.

After Beijing, Saavedra will also travel to east China's Nanjing and Shanghai.

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