China, Latvia eye broader military cooperation

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BEIJING, October 20 (ChinaMil) — The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will boost cooperation with the Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) in various areas, a senior Chinese military official said in Beijing on Monday.

General Fang Fenghui, member of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of general staff of the Chinese PLA, met with Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, commander-in-chief of the Latvian NAF, in Beijing on the afternoon of October 19. They made in-depth exchange of views on issues of common concern including bilateral military relations and regional security situation.

Graube attended the just-concluded Xiangshan Forum and is paying a working visit to China.

China regards Latvia as a good friend and a good partner in the EU and in the Baltic Sea region, Gen. Fang told his Latvian guest, adding that in recent years, bilateral relations have maintained a good momentum of development, as evidenced by increasingly expanded exchange and cooperation in politics, economy, trade, culture and other fields.

The Chinese PLA holds a proactive attitude towards developing relations with the Latvian NAF and is willing to make joint efforts with Latvian side to strengthen dialogue and communication, expand scale of personnel exchange and explore more cooperation areas so as to push forward bilateral military relations to a new level, Fang said.

Graube said the Latvian NAF is willing to strengthen pragmatic cooperation with the Chinese PLA in the areas of personnel training, working dialogues, academic exchange and multilateral affairs to promote the healthy development of bilateral military relations.

Latvian Ambassador to China Mrs. Ingrida Levrence and Rear Admiral Guan Youfei, chief of the Foreign Affairs Office under Chinese Defense Ministry, were present at the meeting.

Source: PLA

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