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Int'l military forum concludes with consensus on joint response to challenges in airspace


BEIJING, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- An international military forum on peace and development marking the 60th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force closed here Saturday with consensus on increased cooperation in tackling challenges in airspace.

The air force chiefs attending the forum agreed that given the current security conditions, all the nations should work together in responding to the challenges in space and air.

They proposed strengthening mutual trust and increase cooperation among air forces and put forward suggestions on establishing a global association of air forces, sharing outer space information.

"The meeting is conducive to boosting understanding and friendship between air forces" said PLA Air Force Commander Gen. Xu Qiliang at the closing ceremony.

Xu said, it proved the cooperative relations between air forces were full of vitality, and demonstrated the air forces' aspiration and confidence of dealing with challenges together.

The two-day air force forum was sponsored by the PLA Air Force. Its 60th founding anniversary falls on Nov. 11.

At the invitation of Gen. Xu, air force delegations from 30 foreign countries attended the forum.

Chinese President Hu Jintao met with the heads of foreign air force delegations on Friday.

In the spirit of peace, development and cooperation, China would continue the commitment to peaceful exploitation and use of airspace, be vigorously involved in international cooperation on airspace security and facilitate the creation of secure and harmonious airspace, Hu said.

Hu said China would unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development and develop friendly cooperation with all countries on the basis of the five principles of peaceful co-existence.


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