Beijing: China and the European Union Monday pledged to strengthen military relations.The pledge was made during Defense Minister Liang Guanglie's meeting with Catherine Margaret Ashton, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

China and the EU have interacted well with each other in defense security, and enjoyed particularly good cooperation in escort operations in waters off Somali and the Gulf of Aden, Xinhua quoted Liang as saying.

With joint efforts, the friendly relationship of defense cooperation will be continuously promoted, Liang noted.

Ashton said the EU is willing to continue working with China in escort operations and other areas of defense and security, and hoped to deepen cooperation with China.