Chinese, German militaryleaders discuss defence

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30 July 2004, BEIJING - Senior military officials from China and Germany held talks on Friday on defence policy and related issues, the official Xinhua news agency said.

30 July 2004

BEIJING - Senior military officials from China and Germany held talks on Friday on defence policy and related issues, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Liang Guanglie, chief of general staff of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) told Hans-Heinrich Dieter, deputy inspector general of the German armed forces, that there was "only common interest" between the two countries.

China valued the "important role played by Germany in European and international affairs", the agency quoted Liang as saying.

Liang briefed the German delegation on China's economic construction, defence policy and military development.

He said China and Germany "shared the same or similar ideas in many important international issues" and cooperated well in political, economic, cultural and military fields.

Dieter visited China this week for the second round of military strategic consultation between the Chinese and Germans, following the first round in Germany in May 2002.

The two sides discussed international and regional issues and reached "extensive consensus" during the consultations, the agency said without elaborating.

Dieter was quoted as saying Germany valued its political and military ties with China.

"The two nations have seen successful cooperation in many fields and are expecting to promote such cooperation through in-depth discussions," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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