U.S. ally Jordan enhancing military ties with China, ‘a major player in the region’ — November 17, 2010

East-Asia-Intel.comNovember 17, 2010


AMMAN — China and Jordan have been exploring increased military cooperation.

Officials said China has been in discussions with Jordan on such military and security areas as weapons sales, training, exercises and exchange of visits.

“China has become a major player in the region, and so the relationship with Jordan is natural,” an official said.

Jordan has been regarded as a leading military ally of the United States and was training forces from Iraq, Kuwait and the Palestinian Authority.

China has also been forging military cooperation with such neighboring states as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt.

On Nov. 11, China signed an agreement to relay military aid to Jordan. Officials said the Chinese military assistance was worth 30 million yuan, or $4.5 million.

“The two sides also discussed means to enhance bilateral relations in military fields,” a Jordanian government statement said.

The agreement was signed during a visit in mid-November by Chinese Central Military Commission vice chairman Xu Cahihou. Xu met Jordanian Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Masha’al Al Zaben. 

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