BEIJING, October 13 (ChinaMil) -- Chang Wanquan, state councilor and Chinese defense minister, met with Pathick de Rousiers, the visiting chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC) in Beijing on the morning of October 11, 2014.
Chang noted that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the EU, the Sino-EU relations have become one of the most influential bilateral relations in the world. When President Xi Jinping visited the EU headquarters in March this year, he and EU leaders reached important consensus on building the Sino-EU partnership featured by peace, growth, reform and civilization, creating new opportunities for the relations between the two sides.
China and the EU have seen thriving relations in the defense and security fields in recent years. Defense leaders of both sides have maintained exchanges and bilateral cooperation in security dialogue, personnel training, international peacekeeping missions and maritime escort has seen smooth progress.
China stands ready to keep strengthening personnel exchange and pragmatic cooperation with the EU, so as to inject new connotations into the China-EU comprehensive partnership.
Pathick de Rousiers said that he had fruitful exchanges with China during this visit and is willing to promote mutual understanding through more channels. He looked forward to more progress in the defense field between the two sides and will keep deepening the bilateral exchange and cooperation.