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Chinese defense minister visits West Point to boost military ties

2012-05-10 23:54:47 GMT2012-05-11 07:54:47(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Visiting Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie shakes hands with a cadet of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, the United States, on May 10, 2012 as he visits here Thursday. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

Visiting Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (L) presents books to Superintendent Lt. Gen. David Huntoon during a ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, the United States, on Thursday, May 10, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

Visiting Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (L) talks with Superintendent Lt. Gen. David Huntoon during a ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, the United States, on Thursday, May 10, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

WEST POINT, United States, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Thursday visited the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, presenting to its library more than 200 copies of Chinese history and strategy books to boost military ties.

At the book-presenting ceremony, Liang said his visit aims at implementing the important consensus reached between Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on developing bilateral cooperative partnership, and positive results have been achieved to this effect.

Liang said his visit to the U.S. is very successful in terms of deepening mutual understanding, strengthening mutual trust, and further promoting mutual cooperation.

For his part, USMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. David Huntoon said " United States Military Academy and the People's Liberation Army have had a number of very important military-to-military exchanges for many years," and Liang's efforts "to build greater trust and mutual cooperation between the U.S. and China have been extraordinary."

Liang also spoke in Chinese with almost 30 USMA cadets in present who can speak mandarin and presented gifts to them. Liang was presented by Lt. Gen. David Huntoon with a dress cadet helmet as a gift.

Liang's USMA visit wrapped up his six-day visit in the U.S starting on May 4., the first by a Chinese defense minister in nine years. He has met with his U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta, representatives of the Flying Tigers and their families, and visited the U.S. Southern Command in Miami and other U.S. military bases.

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