China-Latin America military logistics forum opens in Beijing

China Military Online

BEIJING, July 21 (ChinaMil) -- The second China-Latin America Military Logistics Forum opened Thursday in Beijing. General Zhao Keshi, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and head of the CMC's Logistics Support Department, delivered a keynote speech titled Pushing China-Latin America Military Logistics Relation to A Higher Level at the opening ceremony.

Military and defense department leaders in charge of logistics affairs from nine Latin American countries, namely Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, participate in the 6-day forum which will be held in Beijing and Shanghai successively.

Under the theme of "deepening logistics cooperation, promoting win-win mutual benefits", the forum participants will hold discussions on a wide range of topics, including military-civilian integration, joint exercise and training, peacekeeping operations and logistics support for international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

In the keynote speech, Zhao said that at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) held in May this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized when meeting with Latin American leaders that Latin America is the natural extension of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and China is willing to cooperate with Latin American countries to promote common development and create the China-Latin America community of shared destiny.

Zhao put forth three proposals on further promoting the pragmatic military logistics cooperation between China and Latin American nations.

The first is more diversified forms of exchange. Based on existing consensuses, the two sides can carry out bilateral or multilateral logistics communication and cooperation in more forms and in a wider scope.

The second is more specialized cooperation contents. The two sides can hold training for officers engaged in different logistics divisions, joint training exercises and academic discussions at different levels; have exchange of information on logistics policies, operational logistics support and military-civilian integrated development in due time.

The third is more institutionalized communication and coordination. The two sides should strengthen the connection and coordination, ensure a smooth channel of information sharing, and conduct timely tracking and evaluation of exchange and cooperation effectiveness.

Leaders and experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CMC Logistics Support Department, CMC International Military Cooperation Office, the Army, Navy and Air Force of the PLA, PLA Academy of Military Sciences, and National Defense University of the PLA, as well as military attachés from the participating countries attended activities of the forum.

The first China-Latin America Military Logistics Forum kicked off in Beijing on October 22, 2015. Military or defense department leaders in charge of logistics affairs from eleven Latin American countries attended the forum dicussions held in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai successively. 


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