Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 03, 2013 11:39 ET

Joint Press Release on the Talks Between Chang Wanquan, Minister of National Defence, People's Republic of China and Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Canada

BEIJING, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA--(Marketwired - June 3, 2013) - At the invitation of General Chang Wanquan, State Councillor and Minister of Defense of the People's Republic of China, the Minister of National Defence of Canada, the Honourable Peter MacKay, visited China on June 3, 2013.

The two Ministers held frank and in-depth discussions on Canada-China military-to-military relations, the international and regional security situation, and other issues of mutual interest. Both Ministers agreed that, as major countries in the Asia-Pacific region, China and Canada have a shared responsibility to ensure a peaceful, stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific.

Both ministers agreed that defence relations constitute an important component of the comprehensive bilateral relationship, which includes engagement on economic and political issues, and strong people-to-people ties. They affirmed their commitment to promoting the further development of defence relations and agreed to maintain high-level contact. Accordingly, Minister MacKay invited the Minister of National Defense of China to visit Canada in 2013.

In order to strengthen defence and military cooperation, both Ministers agreed to establish a Defence Coordination Dialogue to exchange views on issues of common interest and discuss defence engagement plans.

Both Ministers also affirmed the intent to establish a Cooperation Plan Initiative between the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the Canadian Armed Forces which would guide joint activities, ensuring that they demonstrate reciprocal, modest and enduring value over the long term.

Both Ministers agreed to deepen the practical cooperation in different fields between the two militaries.

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