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China, Brazil agree to further cooperation between land forces
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China and Brazil agreed Monday to further military ties, especially cooperation between the two land forces.

Since China and Brazil began diplomatic ties 35 years ago, their relations have developed rapidly, and bilateral military ties have developed in the same way too, said Chen Bingde, Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army.

Chen made his comments in a meeting in Beijing with Raymundo Cerqueira, commander of Land Operation of Brazilian Armed Forces.

Chen hoped both countries could make efforts to advance the relations between the two land forces, in a bid to promote the long-term development of military ties and deepen the Sino-Brazilian strategic partnership.

Cerqueira said Brazil attached great importance to ties with China, and viewed military ties as being of the same importance as economic and diplomatic ties.

He said Brazil was willing to work with China to further enhance military ties, especially between the two land forces.

(Xinhua News Agency August 17, 2009)

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