China and Kyrgyzstan to boost military ties

BEIJING: China and Kyrgyzstan are preparing plans to upgrade their bilateral military ties, according to the the China Military Online site.

“Bilateral relations have reached an unprecedented high level,” General Fang Fenghui, a member of China’s Central Military Commission, was quoted as saying following a 17 March meeting in Beijing with Major General Rayimberdi Duishenbiev, chief of General Staff of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces.

“China’s military is willing to work with its Kyrgyz counterparts to implement the important consensuses reached by the heads of state of the two countries, maintain close high-level contact, and deepen co-operation in [the] fields of defence and security, anti-terrorism, joint drills, and personnel training, so as to upgrade the relations between the two militaries,” said Gen Fang.

China is aggressively looking to boost military ties with neighbouring Central Asia nations fearing terrorists attacks from Uighur separatists.

A gruesome Isis video depicting Uighur fighters in Iraq calling for attacks on China with rivers of blood has raised concern in the Asian nation and across Central Asia.

Chinese military was also reported patrolling inside Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor.