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China, Angola vow to further military ties
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China and Angola agreed in Beijing on Tuesday to further military ties.

Chen Bingde, Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, said that since China and Angola forged diplomatic ties 26 years ago, their relations have developed rapidly, with pragmatic and productive cooperation on politics, economy, and culture as well as close collaboration in the international affairs.

Chen made the remarks when meeting here with Francisco Pereira Furtado, Chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces.

Chen said, China appreciated Angola's adherence to the one-China policy and its consistent support to China in the issue of human rights.

China attached great importance to its military ties with Angola, Chen said, adding that China was willing to work with Angola to promote friendly cooperation between the two armed forces.

Chen also briefed Furtado on China's social and economic development and military building.

Furtado thanked China for its long-term assistance and support to Angola in various fields, saying that he hoped this visit could further enhance military exchanges and cooperation with China.

(Xinhua News Agency September 1, 2009)

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