Chen Bingde, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), met with Murat Maikeyev, the visiting commander of the Kazakhstani Ground Force, on September 21, 2012 in Beijing.
Chen Bingde said that China and Kazakhstan have been deepening bilateral friendly exchanges and cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries 20 years ago. In 2011, the heads of the two countries jointly announced that China and Kazakhstan would develop comprehensive strategic partnership, marking the start of a new historical period of the development of bilateral relations. The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with the Kazakhstani side to actively implement various important consensuses reached by the leaders of the two countries and constantly promote pragmatic cooperation in various fields.
Chen Bingde also said that the Chinese side attaches importance to the friendly cooperation in various fields with the Kazakhstani military, and is willing to promote the friendly and cooperative relations between the two militaries to a new high on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.
Maikeyev said that the Kazakhstani side attaches importance to its relations with China, and is delighted with China's increasingly important role in international affairs. The Kazakhstani side has been constantly maintaining close bilateral exchanges and exchanges within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) with the Chinese military, and is willing to work together with the Chinese side to constantly promote wider and higher cooperation between the two militaries, especially that between the two armies.
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