China, Bangladesh boost military exchange, cooperation

Dhaka: China and Bangladesh vowed here on Sunday to further boost exchange and cooperation between the two militaries. The pledge came after China's Defence Minister Chang Wanquan met Bangladesh's Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Hug, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed and Chief of Air Staff Marshal Abu Esrar here, Xinhua reported. The visiting Chinese defence minister said the cooperation in the sectors of politics, economy and trade, and culture between the two sides have scored great achievements since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1975. Cultivated and pushed by the leaders of the two countries, the development of the military ties between China and Bangladesh has maintained good momentum with cooperation in all fields further deepening, Chang said. China is willing to work with the Bangladesh military to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, boost strategic exchange and mutual support, broaden personnel training and cooperation in equipment technology, promote exchanges between the young military officers of the two countries and push forward the comprehensive development of bilateral ties, he said. Calling China a trust-worthy strategic partner, the Bangladeshi military leaders said the two countries have developed high-level political mutual trust and conducted fruitful economic and trade cooperation. The Chinese minister arrived here on Saturday for a visit. Before the meetings, Chang laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Dhaka.