China, Netherlands agree to enhance military cooperation

Chinese military leaders on Friday met with visiting Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert to promote bilateral cooperation in a broader way.

Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, told Hennis-Plasschaert that the People's Liberation Army is ready to enhance cooperation with the Dutch armed forces to promote bilateral ties to a higher stage.

Praising President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the Netherlands, Xu said the consensus between the two countries to build an open and pragmatic partnership for comprehensive cooperation will strongly push forward bilateral relations.

Hennis-Plasschaert said her visit to China is short but very impressive, stressing the Dutch armed forces are willing to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese armed forces in various areas.

State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan held a welcoming ceremony for Hennis-Plasschaert. During their talks, Chang said the Chinese side is willing to work with the Dutch side to promote exchanges at various levels and cooperation in more fields.

Hennis-Plasschaert said it is important for the two sides to enhance mutual communication and understanding so as to push forward bilateral cooperation in a pragmatic way.

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