China, Indonesia eye closer military ties

China is ready to advance strategic partnership with Indonesia for peace and development of the region and the world.

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2012, 16:24 PM IST

Beijing: China wants closer military ties with Indonesia, Defence Minister Liang Guanglie said here on Monday.

China is ready to advance strategic partnership with Indonesia for peace and development of the region and the world, Liang said.

He was speaking to Indonesian Ambassador to China Imron Cotan, Xinhua reported.

Both sides have held defence consultations, joint training, among others, in the recent past.

Imron said Indonesia regards working with China as an opportunity rather than a challenge.

Liang visited Indonesia last May at the invitation of his Indonesian counterpart Purnomo Yusgiantoro.

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