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New Zealand DM Speaks Highly of China's Role in Region
   2016-06-04 18:17:22    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Chinese Admiral, Sun Jianguo has met the defense minister of New Zealand, Gerry Brownlee, on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

Brownlee said he had good communication with Chinese military leaders during his visit to China last year and expected the two sides to further deepen their military ties and cooperation.

He also noted that China has sound relationships with its neighboring countries which is the key in maintaining regional peace and stability.

"China is a very big country with a very big capacity, and big countries generally demonstrate, we use the term in New Zealand 'mana' which is about their standing, the way in which they are held within respect, but with respect by others. By taking a forward leaning look it's maintaining peace and stability, but central to that is having very good bilateral and multilateral relations with nearby countries."

Brownlee also talked about military ties and trade cooperation between the two states.

"Over time, becoming more familiar with each militaries' procedures, more comfortable exercises together. We've recently been in the ADMM Plus exercise here in this part of world, and we do see that sort of thing continuing over a period of time. China is an important trading partner for New Zealand, and while we have a range of alliances, we do consider China to be a friend to New Zealand."

For his part, Sun said he hoped the two sides could maintain high-level military contact, carry out pragmatic cooperation in various fields and enhance bilateral strategic mutual trust.

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