MILITARY co-operation between China and Germany will be greatly enhanced when Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl visits Beijing on November 12, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said yesterday. During his four-day stay Dr Kohl will hold talks with premier Li Peng and other leaders on a wide range of issues including military co-operation. Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofang said the aim of improving military co-operation, stalled since the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, was to enhance overall relations. He stressed that improved military ties would help promote regional security, not represent a threat to other countries. 'We hope to see the further development of military ties between China and Germany as a means of promoting overall co-operative and friendly relations between the two countries,' he said. 'The main purpose of China strengthening military co-operation with other countries is maintenance of regional peace and stability.' Analysts said Dr Kohl's latest trip to China would be the first to give such prominence to military co-operation. 'His previous visits have focused almost exclusively on economic co-operation and investment, so it is quite interesting to see the military aspect come out into the open like this,' a European diplomat said. 'Germany still has something of a historical legacy and military ties with China could make some people nervous.' Dr Kohl's trip was preceded this week by a visit by German Secretary of Defence Jorg Schonbohm, who met Defence Minister General Chi Haotian and Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, General Fu Quanyou.