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On June 3 in Beijing, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and his Canadian counterpart Peter G. Mackay had in-depth and candid talks on bilateral military relations, the international and regional security situations as well as other issues of common concern, according to a written statement.
The two officials signed an "initiative on military cooperation" that is to "establish a work meeting mechanism" between the two Defense Ministries, called Defense Coordination Dialogue. This decision showed China's and Canada's willingness to "deepen pragmatic cooperation" and increase "opportunities" for more exchange between the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Canadian Armed Forces.
Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao said the two countries' common interests "far outweigh their differences" and have "no disputes on fundamental interests." China and Canada are two "major countries" which have vital interests at stake in the Asia-Pacific region (APR).
Ministers Chang and MacKay also affirmed their intent to launch a Cooperation Plan Initiative which would "guide joint activities" between the two countries' military forces. Canada's building of greater understanding with China coincides with the United States' ongoing rebalancing to the APR.
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