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US Pledges Further Anti-terrorism Cooperation with China
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Visiting US Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry said yesterday that the US expects further cooperation with China in fighting international terrorism, especially in Afghanistan.


Appreciating China's role in the fight against terrorism, Eikenberry, who has just completed an assignment as the Commanding General of the Combined Forces in Afghanistan, said sustainable and mutually beneficial ties should be further augmented.


China has played an active role in Afghanistan's reconstruction and development, Eikenberry said, citing contributions in the areas of provision, social services, agricultural projects, and irrigation systems.


He expressed US concerns on the recent intelligence pointing toward an impending Taliban and al-Qaeda "spring offensive" against allied forces in Afghanistan.


Eikenberry said his China visit was aimed at "sharing experiences and lessons" with the Chinese side.


Early yesterday, Eikenberry met with Ge Zhenfeng, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), and discussed with Chinese military scholars.


Eikenberry said the discussion with Chinese military leaders is "part of a broader set of military exchanges and dialogues between the two armies."


Much work remains to be done in Afghanistan, not only security, but also in term of economic, social and judicial system, Eikenberry said, calling for higher level of investment in Afghanistan.


According to Eikenberry, more than 24,000 US troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan.


(Xinhua News Agency February 28, 2007)

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