Chi­nese em­bassy marks 90th an­niver­sary of lib­er­a­tion army’s found­ing

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Chi­nese charge d’af­faires Za­hao Liang and the de­fense at­tache of the em­bassy of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China Se­nior Colonel Zhang Ge hosted a re­cep­tion on the oc­ca­sion of the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Chi­nese peo­ple’s lib­er­a­tion army.

“This evening we are gath­er­ing here in Crown Plaza to cel­e­brate the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, PLA,” Se­nior Colonel Zhang Ge said. “First of all, as the De­fense At­tache of the Chi­nese Em­bassy and on be­half of Am­bas­sador Wang and Charge d’ Af­fairs Zhao, I’d like to ex­tend my warm­est wel­come and sin­cere thanks to all of you for your pres­ence. “The Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army is the peo­ple’s army cre­ated and led al­ways by the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC). Since its found­ing on Au­gust 1, 1927, the PLA has played an im­por­tant role and writ­ten the most glo­ri­ous chap­ter in the modern his­tory of China, mak­ing in­deli­ble con­tri­bu­tions in the found­ing, con­struc­tion and safe­guard­ing the na­tional sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of New China. Over the 90-year de­vel­op­ing process, the PLA has grown from its orig­i­nal sin­gle ser­vice into mod­ern­ized armed forces, com­posed of army, navy, air force, rocket force and strate­gic sup­port force.

“In the new his­tor­i­cal pe­riod, aim­ing at the CPC’s goal of build­ing a strong mil­i­tary in the new sit­u­a­tion, China’s armed forces will unswerv­ingly ad­here to the prin­ci­ple of the CPC’s ab­so­lute lead­er­ship, deepen the re­form of na­tional de­fense and the armed forces in an all-round way, build a modern sys­tem of mil­i­tary forces with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, and con­stantly en­hance its ca­pa­bil­i­ties for ad­dress­ing var­i­ous se­cu­rity threats and ac­com­plish­ing di­ver­si­fied mil­i­tary tasks. China’s armed forces will res­o­lutely safe­guard na­tional sovereignty, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests, pro­vid­ing a strong guar­an­tee for the Chi­nese dream of achiev­ing the great re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion.”

Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive

“The world to­day is un­der­go­ing com­plex and pro­found changes, and China is at a crit­i­cal stage of re­form and de­vel­op­ment,” Se­nior Colonel Zhang Ge added. “Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi has pro­posed the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, which is a road for win-win co­op­er­a­tion and a road to­ward peace and friend­ship. China’s des­tiny has never been so in­ter­re­lated with that of the world as a whole. China will unswerv­ingly fol­low the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, pur­sue an independent for­eign pol­icy of peace and a na­tional de­fense pol­icy that is de­fen­sive in na­ture, im­ple­ment the mil­i­tary strate­gic guide­line of ac­tive de­fense in the new sit­u­a­tion, op­pose hege­monism and power pol­i­tics in all forms, and op­pose all forms of terrorism. China’s armed forces will re­main a staunch force in main­tain­ing world peace and sta­bil­ity.

“In re­cent years, China’s armed forces has earnestly ful­filled its in­ter­na­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and obli­ga­tions, ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions, in­ter­na­tional dis­as­ter re­lief and hu­man­i­tar­ian res­cue op­er­a­tions, and has car­ried out es­cort mis­sions in the Gulf of Aden and other sea ar­eas as re­quired. On the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect, equal­ity, mu­tual ben­e­fit and all-win co­op­er­a­tion, China’s armed forces will con­tinue to carry out prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion with its coun­ter­parts in var­i­ous coun­tries of the world, de­velop mil­i­tary-tomil­i­tary re­la­tions that are non-aligned, non-con­fronta­tional and not di­rected against any third party, so as to jointly deal with a di­verse range of se­cu­rity threats and chal­lenges.”

Diplo­matic re­la­tions

“Kuwait is the first Gulf Ara­bic coun­try es­tab­lish­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions with China,” Se­nior Colonel Zhang Ge noted. “The tra­di­tional friend­ship be­tween China and Kuwait has emerged stronger over time and has stood the test of chang­ing in­ter­na­tional and re­gional climate. In re­cent years, the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions have seen a healthy and sta­ble de­vel­op­ment, with no­table achieve­ments of prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­ing made. The two sides are now mak­ing ef­forts to in­te­grate the de­vel­op­ing strate­gies be­tween China’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and Kuwait Vi­sion 2035. Mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary re­la­tion­ship is an im­por­tant part of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, which has also got con­stantly pro­moted and deep­ened over the years. In Fe­bru­ary 2017 the 24th Chi­nese Naval Es­cort­ing Task­force ships paid an of­fi­cial and friendly visit to Kuwait, dur­ing which the two Navies held a se­ries of pro­fes­sional ex­changes. Be­ing China’s De­fense At­tache in Kuwait, I’m fully con­fi­dent that with our joint ef­forts the bi­lat­eral mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary re­la­tions be­tween China and Kuwait will make new and greater progress in the years ahead.”

Photos by Joseph Sha­gra

KUWAIT: Chi­nese charge d’af­faires Za­hao Liang and the de­fense at­tache of the em­bassy of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China Se­nior Colonel Zhang Ge hosted a re­cep­tion on the oc­ca­sion of the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Chi­nese peo­ple’s lib­er­a­tion army. Higher of­fi­cials, diplo­mats, com­mu­nity and me­dia per­sons at­tended the event, which took place re­cently at the Crowne Plaza ho­tel.—

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