At mu­seum, for­eign guests learn PLA his­tory

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

An ex­hi­bi­tion mark­ing the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, held in Bei­jing at the Mil­i­tary Mu­seum of the Chinese Peo­ple’s Rev­o­lu­tion, wel­comed more than 400 for­eign guests on Thurs­day.

The guests in­cluded 38 am­bas­sadors, more than 200 diplo­mats from for­eign mis­sions in Bei­jing and more than 100 for­eign ex­perts who work for Chinese agencies and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Many of the for­eign guests said they were im­pressed by the items on dis­play and the story of the PLA’s de­vel­op­ment told in the ex­hi­bi­tion. am­bas­sadors

Vis­i­tors ob­served the PLA’s trans­for­ma­tion over the past 90 years through the tour. Seba Ric, a French­language ed­i­tor for China Ra­dio In­ter­na­tional, said he learned a lot about the PLA’s role in the War of Re­sis­tance Against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion (1931-45) and the War of Lib­era- tion (1946-49) be­fore the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

Nowa­days, the PLA par­tic­i­pates in­creas­ingly in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, in­clud­ing peace­keep­ing oper­a­tions, hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief and naval es­cort mis­sions, Ric noted.

“The PLA’s changes and re­forms are what Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping is try­ing to pro­mote now to let the world know the PLA is strong, but for peace,” he said.

Nasir Mah­mood, an of­fi­cial at the Asia-Pa­cific Space Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, said: “The PLA achieved a lot. Many mil­i­taries in the world have not achieved as much the PLA has in 90 years.”

As for the role the PLA cur­rently plays in the world, some diplo­mats gave their opin­ions. Madi Sawo, pro­to­col and wel­fare of­fi­cer at the em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Gam­bia, said the PLA con­trib­utes to main­tain­ing the world peace by co­op­er­at­ing with United Na­tions.

“From the be­gin­ning of the 1990s, the PLA has been send­ing peace­keep­ers to main­tain regional sta­bil­ity and world peace. And the on­go­ing mil­i­tary re­form is aimed at fur­ther strength­en­ing and mod­ern­iz­ing the PLA,” Madi said.

vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion, which cel­e­brates the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the PLA.

Jiang Chen­g­long con­trib­uted to this story.

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