Nov 1 2010

Safar Abiyev "Serious preparations are being made in our Armed Forces
for this". Azerbaijan's Defense Minister, Colonel-General Safar
Abiyev paid an official visit to the People's Republic of China on
October 25-29.

Defense Ministry's press service said that official welcome ceremony
was held for Azerbaijani Defense Minister. On the first day of his
visit Safar Abiyev met with chief of the General Staff of the People's
Liberation Army of China Chen Bingde. Military-political relations
between the two countries, situation in the region were discussed
during the meeting. They exchanged views on the cooperation in the
field of military education. Safar Abiyev said China is Azerbaijan's
friend and one of the first countries to recognize our independence.

Making Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict the main theme of discussion Safar
Abiyev spoke about the causes and state of the problem. Expressing
his gratitude to China for recognizing Azerbaijan's territorial
integrity and giving support, Safar Abiyev said Azerbaijan supports
China concerning Taiwan problem.

Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army of
China Chen Bingde noted that Azerbaijan plays the role of a bridge
between Asia and Europe, China appreciates the reforms carried out
by Azerbaijani state and president. On the second day of the visit,
Azerbaijani Defense Minister met with chiefs of NORINCO and POLI
companies of China. Safar Abiyev was informed about the companies'
activities, products and future tasks. Chinese State Councilor
and Defense Minister, Colonel-General Liang Guanglie, who invited
Safar Abiyev to China, said the visit will make contributions to
the expansion of the cooperation between the Armed Forces of the
two countries. Safar Abiyev said Azerbaijan is interested in broad
military cooperation with China. "The Republic of Azerbaijan
is always combating terrorism, separatism and extremism, supports
development of close cooperation with all states in this field,"
he said. Safar Abiyev noted that Azerbaijan has undergone occupation,
but the lands will be liberated. "If peace talks produce no results,
Azerbaijan will use all opportunities, including the power of the
army to restore its territorial integrity. Serious preparations are
being made in our Armed Forces for this," he said.

Following this, Safar Abiyev visited the 24th division of the Chinese
People's Liberation Army Air Force. He was informed about the history,
opportunities and structure of the division.

On the last day of the visit Azerbaijani Defense Minister met with
vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of China Xu Caihou.

The sides discussed prospects of military cooperation between China
and Azerbaijan. Safar Abiyev expressed his gratitude to his Chinese
counterpart for support in the field of military education. Regional
security issues in the South Caucasus and Eastern Asia, current state
and prospects of the military and military technical cooperation
between the two countries were discussed at the meeting.

The most noticeable factor during the visit was that Azerbaijan's
territorial integrity was supported by the officials of the People's
Republic of China at all meetings.

From: A. Papazian