Subject: XN: China, E Timor to boost military exchanges, defense minister says

China, East Timor to boost military exchanges, defense minister says

BEIJING, Feb 23, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Defense ministers of China and East Timor vow to further promote military exchanges in their talks held here Thursday.

"China will continue to enhance exchanges and cooperation with East Timor to further boost development of nation-to-nation and military relations," said Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan in talks with his East Timor counterpart Roque Rodrigues.

Since the two countries established diplomatic ties, China and East Timor have expanded their cooperation in various fields, including military. Bilateral relations have ushered into a new phase, said Cao, who is also vice-chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission and a state councilor.

Cao also expressed his appreciation for East Timor's support on the Taiwan issue.

Rodrigues said the smooth development of bilateral relations complies with the interests of people in both countries, pledging to work on deepening relations between the two countries and two armies.

Rodrigues reiterated his firm adherence to the one-China policy.

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