China's State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the Fanfare for Peace-2017 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Military Tattoo IV in Shanghai, August 26, 2017.
SHANGHAI, Aug. 28 (ChinaMil) -- The opening ceremony of the Fanfare for Peace-2017 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Military Tattoo IV was held at the Yuanshen Stadium in Shanghai on Saturday evening.
State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan attended and addressed the opening ceremony.
Chang quoted President Xi Jinping as saying that the Shanghai Spirit has vitality and value beyond the limitation of time and region, nurtures powerful cohesion, and simulates wishes for cooperation.
Since the SCO was formed 16 years ago, the member states have continuously strengthened exchange and cooperation under the guidance of the Shanghai Spirit and taken solid steps on the path of building a community of shared destiny, setting a good example for forming the new type of international relation featuring win-win cooperation, he added.
Over the years, we have turned the Fanfare for Peace military tattoo into an important platform for deepening and expanding the SCO defense security cooperation and promoting the military cultural exchanges among the SCO member states, Chang said.
The successful holding of Fanfare for Peace-2017 SCO Military Tattoo is the landmark of a new journey for SCO's defense security cooperation, Chang noted.
The Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), the PLA Navy Band and four military bands from Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan participate in the military tattoo this year.
The first formal performance of the military tattoo was presented after the opening ceremony, and the Chinese and foreign audience estimated at 2,100 watched the performance.