Thursday, August 19, 2010

DTN News: Serbia - Close Cooperation Between Armed Forces Of Serbia, China

Defense News: DTN News: Serbia - Close Cooperation Between Armed Forces Of Serbia, China
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including ISRIA
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 19, 2010: Minister of Defence Dragan Sutanovac said in Beijing after meeting with Chinese Minister of National Defence General Liang Guanglie that there is close cooperation between the armed forces of Serbia and China, but noted that there is always room for improvement of relations.
Sutanovac stated that Serbia received assurances that the Chinese Army will continue to support reforms in the Serbian Army and will continue to grant funds according to the situation.
He outlined that the meeting was also dedicated to the cooperation of Serbia and China in the arms industry, and expressed confidence that there are opportunities for joint ventures in this area and that such military equipment could be offered to other countries.
After the meeting, representatives of the defence ministries signed a grant contract by which the Chinese Army is to present computer equipment worth €500,000 to the Serbian Army.
Sutanovac also visited the air base of the 24th Air Division in Tianjin where an air show was organised for the guests from Serbia.
The delegation of the Serbian Ministry of Defence was among the first foreign delegations that was shown the manoeuvrability of the Chinese multi-role combat aircraft J-10.
Sutanovac affirmed that China has shown that it can make sophisticated military equipment that can be used in Serbia too, but also to offer it to countries that traditionally buy weapons from Serbia.
He confirmed that soon four Serbian Army officers will travel to China to study, and that in September two Chinese officers will arrive in Belgrade to attend Serbian language courses and school for command-staff training.
Serbia can offer cooperation in the field of military education and at the Military Medical Academy and wants to make use of the experience that China has had in the field of peacekeeping operations, he added.Sutanovac expressed his wish that Serbian Army officers visit the Chinese Centre for peacekeeping missions.
Guanglie pointed to the improvement of military relations between the two countries and expressed gratitude for Serbia’s support to the One-China policy.
He noted that China is ready to make a joint effort with Serbia in order to strengthen further development of their bilateral strategic partnership.
Guanglie invited the armed forces of the two countries to continue to strengthen ties and find new areas of cooperation.
Sutanovac will continue his visit to China by visiting the military academy for special units of the Chinese Army, after which he will travel to Shanghai.
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