87th Anniversary of the People's Liberation Army
Ambassador Tian Xuejun of China with Lieutenant General Nyembe
Liu Jinqi, Lieutenant General Nyembe, Snr. Col. Xu Jianwei and Jiang Lei
Snr. Col. Xu Jianwei pictured with Defense Attaches represented in South Africa
Speech by Snr. Col. Xu Jianwei, the Military Navy & Air Attache of China on the occasion of the 87th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army
Distinguished Lieutenant General Nyembe, His Excellency Ambassador Tian Xuejun, Officers from SANDF, MAAC Colleagues，Ladies and Gentlemen:
Today, we hold this function to celebrate the 87th anniversary of the foundation of Chinese People's Liberation Army, thank you for all your attendance.
The Chinese People's Liberation Army has come through the splendid 87 years since its foundation on August 1st 1927. During this 87 year's course, the PLA has made a historical progress and played a very important role on consolidating national defense and supporting national construction, which we are proud of and glory in. While, we also appreciate the help, support and cooperation from other armed forces.
The PLA pursues a national defense policy defensive in nature, places the protection of national sovereignty, security, territorial integrity, safeguarding of the interests of national development, and the interests of the Chinese people above all else, endeavors to build a fortified national defense and strong military forces compatible with national security and development interests, implements the military strategy of active defense, fosters a security environment conductive to china's peaceful development, advocate the settlement of international disputes and hotspot issues by peaceful means, opposes the enlargement of military alliances, and acts of aggression and expansion. China will never seek hegemony or engage in military expansion no matter how developed it becomes.
As well known, peace-keeping troops from PLA have been sent to African Continent under the request of the United Nations. Such as D.R.Congo, Mali, Sudan and Liberia. These troops, the representatives of PLA have overcome a lot of difficulty to make their own contributions to the peace of Africa.
South Africa is the most influential country in Africa. During recent years, the military relationship between China and South Africa developed rapidly. One month ago, the Escort Task Group of Chinese Navy made a successful visit to Cape Town. Three weeks ago, Chinese Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan made a formal visit to South Africa. Chinese PLA would like to further strengthen cooperation with SANDF, making much more contributions to the world peace.
Nowadays, the world is undergoing tremendous changes and adjustments. Peace and development remain the principal themes of the times, however global challenges are on the increase, and new security threats keep emerging.
The PLA will participate in international security cooperation actively, conducts military exchanges in various forms and promote the establishment of military confidence-building mechanisms and maintains the world peace together with others.
As conclusion, on behalf of Chinese People's Liberation Army, I express my appreciation on this opportunity to the South African Defense Ministry and SANDF for their various help and support. We hope from the bottom of our hearts that PLA could conduct further military cooperation with SANDF and other armed forces to contribute much more to the maintenance of the world peace.
Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, may I propose a toast to the friendly cooperation and our friendship.
SPEECH BY CDI TO PLA 87TH ANNIVERSARY
THE HOUNARABLE AMBASSADOR OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA MR TIAN XUEJUN
THE MILITARY NAVY AND AIR ATTACHE OF CHINA SENIOR COLONEL XU JIANWEI
DEFENCE AND MILITARY ATTACHE ACCREDITED TO THE RSA
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
IT IS INDEED A GREAT PLEASURE AND HONOUR TO GET THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY A FEW WORDS TO THE PEOPLE WHO DESERVE MORE THAN A SPEECH DUE TO THE IMENSE CONTRIBUTION IN HELPING TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY WHAT IT IS TODAY
PLA PROVIDED MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO THE LIBERATION MOVEMENTS IN ORDER TO ENABLE US TO BE A FREE NATION THAT WE ARE TODAY
PLA DID NOT STOP AFTER WE GOT OUR LIBERATION BUT CONTINUED TO GIVE THEIR SUPPORT IN ORDER TO HELP US DEFEND THE FRUITS OF LIBERATION AND DEMOCRACY
CHINA AND SOUTH AFRICA HAS SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING CONCERNING DEFENCE COOPORATION WHICH INCLUDES
-EXCHANGING OF MILITARY DELEGATIONS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS
-COOPERATION ON MILITARY TRAINING WHICH INCLUDES
EXCHANGING MILITARY PERSONNEL WITH EACH OTHER’S INSTITUTES FOR TRAINING
EXCHANGING SPECIALIST MILITARY LECTURES
CONDUCTING EXCHANGES BETWEEN COUNTERPART INSTITUTES
EXCHNAGING OBSERVERS FOR MILITARY EXERCISES
COOPERATION IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF TRAINING EQUIPMENT
THERE IS ALSO AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA REGARDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF VACATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE
THE CURRENT VISIT OF THE STATE COUNCILOR AND CHINESE MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE OF PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, GENERAL CHANG WANQUA, IN SOUTH AFRICA FROM THE 7 TO 9 JULY 2014, WAS BUT AN INDICATION OF CONTINUED STRONG RELATIONS
THE MINISTER’S VISIT FOCUSED ON CONSOLIDATING THE EXISTING STRATEGIC COOPERATIVE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CHINESE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY AND SANDF
THE DISCUSIONS INVOLVED AMONGST OTHERS
- THE MILITARY TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
- REGIONAL SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN PEACE AND SUPPORT OPERATIIONS
- THE SECURITY ASPECTS IN AFRICA
- SOUTH AFRICA INVOLVEMENT IN DRC
- THE NAVAL ISSUES WERE ALSO DISCUSSED
THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS MINISTER NISIVIWE MAPISA NQAKULA WHILE ADRESSING THE CHINESE MINISTER STATED THAT THE MEETING WILL OPEN UP EVEN GREATER PROSPECTS FOR SUCCESFUL DEFENCE DIPLOMACY
THIS WAS A FOLLOW-UP MEETING FROM THE 2012 MEETING BETWEEN THE CHIEF OF SANDF AND THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF OF PLA GEN MA XIATIAN
TODAY WE ARE HERE TO WITNESS YET ANOTHER CELEBRATION OF THE 87TH ANIVERSARY OF PEOPLES LEBERATION ARMY.
PLA AND SANDF WILL GO A LONG WAY IN THEIR RELATIONS IN ORDER TO SERVE THIER RESPECTIVE NATIONS
SINCE SOUTH AFRICA JOINED BRICS IN 2010, MORE AND STRONGER RELATIONS DEVELOP BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES
MAY YOUR COUNTRY PROSPER AND DEVELOP FURTHER AND BE STRONGER
I THANK YOU