China is ready to strengthen military exchanges and cooperation with Sweden, said Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan Tuesday.
Cao, also vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and a state councilor, made the remarks when meeting Chief of Staff of the Swedish Airforce Jan Andersson.
China-Sweden relations had developed smoothly since the two countries forged diplomatic ties 56 years ago, he said.
The two sides had strengthened political trust and maintained close high-level contacts, he said.
Bilateral military ties had developed rapidly in recent years, Cao said, adding that both sides maintained frequent visits of senior military officials and close technical exchanges.
"China is willing to make joint efforts with Sweden to promote even greater progress in bilateral military ties," the defense minister said.
In response, Andersson said the Swedish armed forces valued their exchanges with the Chinese armed forces.
He hoped his China visit could further promote mutual understanding, and facilitate cooperation between the two armed forces, and especially, the two air forces.
(Xinhua News Agency November 29, 2006)