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China and New Zealand on Thursday pledged to enhance high-level exchanges between the armed forces of the two countries.


"China-New Zealand military ties have deepened since the two countries established diplomatic ties 34 years ago." Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan told visiting Jerry Mataparae, chief of New Zealand's Defense Forces.


Bilateral military ties featured frequent high-level visits, a sound exchange mechanism and deep cooperation in specialized fields, Cao said.


Mataparae hailed the rapid development of bilateral military ties, citing progress in various military fields.


"China will further develop relations with New Zealand's Defense Forces based on deepened understanding and cooperation," Cao said.


Echoing Cao's remarks, Mataparae said New Zealand hoped to maintain frequent high-level exchanges and increase cooperation between the two armed forces.


Mataparae started an officially friendly visit to China on October 8 as the guest of Liang Guanglie, chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.


(Xinhua News Agency October 13, 2006)

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