Chinese military delegation welcomed at Romanian Ministry of Defense

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Minister of National Defense Gabriel Oprea, Secretary of State for Defense Policy and Planning Viorel Oancea and chief of General Staff Admiral Dr. Gheorghe Marin on Monday received a delegation headed by General Ma Xiaotian, caretaker chief of General Staff of Chinese People’s Liberation Army, discussing such aspects concerning bilateral military cooperation, Romania’s participation in international operations, as well as the two armies seeking together solutions to current environmental challenges.

The talks agenda also included such topics related to integration of Romanian armed forces into the military structures of NATO and EU, as well as projects to modernize the armed forces, informs the Romanian Ministry of Defense. In the context of the 60th celebration since establishment of diplomatic ties between Romania and China, the Romanian Defense Minister highlighted the importance of the Romanian-Chinese traditional friendship, also adding Romania’s readiness to further strengthen military cooperation with China, in various fields.

‘We are interested in strengthening bilateral military relations at several levels, including while referring to mutual teaching and training of exercises, similar to last year’s exercise in Romania designed for the mountain troops, and we also want to develop the political-military dialogue between the two armies,’ said Oprea.
Moreover, the Romanian head of Defense appreciated the setting up, under the Department of Foreign Languages of the National Defense University in Bucharest, of an under department for learning the Chinese language, the first of its kind in South-East Europe, as well as prospects for its transformation into a Regional Center for Learning Chinese language.

Romanian Admiral Gheorghe Marin, the chief of General Staff, also placed emphasis on the development of the Romanian-Chinese military cooperation, while inviting the Chinese partner to participate with a ship in the passing exercise to be conducted (Passex) this year, in Constanta.
‘The same as you, we are concerned with strengthening and developing bilateral military relations, which are an important part of cooperation between our countries,’ the Chinese guest said in his turn, at the meeting with Minister Gabriel Oprea.

The Chinese delegation is currently paying an official visit to Romania, from January 30 to February 2, 2010, at the invitation of caretaker chief of General Staff of the Romanian Army Lieutenant General Stefan Oprea.

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