2011-04-29 (China Military News cited from Xinhua)
China and Thailand vowed to enhance their military relations on Friday. The pledge came during a meeting between Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, and Thai Minister of Defence Prawit Wongsuwan. Guo hailed the friendship between the two countries, saying that friendly relations have brought substantial benefits to the people of both nations. Under the joint efforts of both sides, bilateral relations between China and Thailand have become a model of friendship between countries with different social systems, said Guo, adding that China appreciates Thailand's long-term understanding and support of China on issues concerning its core interests. China and Thailand have enhanced cooperation on international and regional issues in recent years, which has played a positive role in maintaining regional and world peace, he said. Guo spoke highly of the two nations' military cooperation and called on the armed forces of both countries to make further efforts to increase cooperation even further. Prawit said Thailand and China are friendly neighbors and have established a close and cooperative relationship based on mutual respect. The Thai government supports friendly relations between the two armed forces, he said, adding that Thai armed forces are willing to further strengthen exchanges and cooperation in all areas with Chinese armed forces. Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie also met with Prawit on Friday. The two sides exchanged views on further advancing bilateral defense cooperation.