BEIJING, November 5 (ChinaMil) -- Zhao Keshi, member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and director of the General Logistics Department (GLD) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), met with Mubasha, the visiting director of the Logistics Department of the South African National Defense Forces (SANDF), in Beijing on the morning of November 4, 2014.
Zhao Keshi said that the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and South Africa 16 years ago started a new era of the bilateral relations between the two countries. The bilateral relations have been developing smoothly. The signing of the memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation between the two sides in 2001 has pushed forward the healthy development of the relations between the two militaries, and in recent years, the two militaries have carried out frequent high-level mutual visits as well as increasingly close exchanges and cooperation at multiple levels through various channels in many fields, Zhao Keshi continued.
Zhao Keshi expressed that the Chinese side is willing to continuously make efforts to push forward the full-range exchanges between the two militaries of China and South Africa and further strengthen cooperation in implementing diversified missions including peacekeeping, naval escort and humanitarian assistance, so as to make positive contributions to safeguarding world and regional peace and stability.
Zhao Keshi also briefed the South African guests about China’s assistance to the countries in the Ebola epidemic areas as well as the PLA’s medical teams to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Mubasha said that in recent years, the relations between South Africa and China have been developing smoothly on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect, and the cooperation between the two militaries has also achieved fruitful results.
The SANDF will resolutely implement the consensus reached by the two sides in various fields as before, and push forward the pragmatic cooperation between the two militaries to constantly achieve new results, Mubasha added.