China, UAE to expand defence industry ties

23 July 2018

China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have outlined an intention to expand defence industrial collaboration.

Under agreements announced on 21 July during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Abu Dhabi, the two countries will co-operate on defence science, technology, and industrial activities through a proposed joint programme.

“The two sides are keen [to] co-operate in science, technology, and defence industry development [in areas] of mutual interest through a joint working plan,” said a statement.

In addition, the UAE and China said they would enhance co-operation between the armed forces of the two countries through reciprocal visits and training programmes, and look to boost collaboration in maritime security and in efforts to tackle terrorism, cyber crime, and illegal migration.

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