China describes the reports about its military presence in POK as baseless; China assures about its commitment for sustainable growth of the Oceans; Chinese Defence Minister visits Latin America;
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  • China has expressed strong reaction to the reports which claimed the presence of over 11,000 Chinese troops in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu in a statement said that these reports were groundless and made with ulterior motives. She noted that China believed that “the attempts of some people to fabricate stories to provoke China-Pakistan or China-India relations were doomed to fail.” Yu was responding to the recent reports of some American and Indian press that China had deployed more than 10,000 troops in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.1

    Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang assured that China would work in close cooperation with the international community to promote the sustainable growth of the oceans. Attending a two day meeting with representatives to the 33rd Pacem in Maribus (Latin for Peace in the Oceans) Conference, which was held in Beijing this week, he said that China would attach great importance to conservation on the marine ecosystems in the process of exploiting marine resources; and it would actively develop the green marine economy.2

    Last week Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie was on an official good-will visit to Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. He went on this visit at the invitation of Mexican Secretary of National Defense Guillermo Galvan Galvan, Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera and Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim. In the course of this meeting, on Wednesday, he met his Mexican counterpart Guillermo Galvan Galvan. The purpose of this meeting was to promote bilateral military cooperation.3

    Meanwhile, Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), in a meeting with the delegation from the Shenyang Military Region in northeastern China at the Mansudae Assembly Hall, on last Wednesday said that the DPRK would make efforts to move forward military ties with China.4

    On the other hand, New Zealand Secretary of Defense John McKinnon visited China last week. McKinnon met with Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong. In this meeting, the two sides agreed to further boost up military ties and maintained that China-New Zealand relations were at an all-time high, with frequent high-level visits, increased political mutual trust and rapid growth in mutually-beneficial cooperation.5

    A strong PLA contingent consisting of 107 unit members left for South Kazakhstan on Thursday to participate in the seventh anti-terrorism military exercise, named as “Peace Mission 2010” conducted under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).6

    The 16th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People’s Congress was held on August 28, 2010. This meeting adopted the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Revision of the “Law of the People's Republic of China on Military Officers of Reserve Service”. With the President Hu Jintao signing the No. 33 president order to promulgate the law on the same day, the revised law came into effect immediately. Reports claimed that after the modification, the management system of reserve officers would further improve; the source and channel for selection would further expand; the training would regularize; regulations on wartime conscription would enrich; regulations on treatment would get better; the ceiling age for reserve service in peacetime would adjust and the legal responsibilities of the reserve officers would become more detailed.7

    In other developments, Liao Xilong, member of the Central Military Commission and director of the General Logistics Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has stressed the need of constant uplifting of the quality and level of military transportation of the PLA and urged to endeavor to promote innovative development of the military transportation work by sticking to the core task of improving mobile transportation support capability of the PLA troops. He made these remarks while attending the workshop on promoting modernization construction of military transportation of the PLA troops on 1 September 2010.8