On July 27th in the evening, Embassy of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Croatia hosted a reception in the capital of Zagreb to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).
H.E. Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Croatia Hu Zhaoming, Military Counselor Mr. Zhen Zhongxing, Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces General Mr. Mirko Šundov, Dean of the PLA Defence University Major General Mr. Pa Jin, Chief of the Croatian police Mr. Nikola Milina, Assistant Minister of Interior Mr. Damir Trut, Assistant Minister of Culture Ms. Iva Hraste Sočo, Adviser to the President for Defence and National Security Mr. Vlado Galić and other high officials from army and government, as well as military counselors from each country on their mission to the Republic of Croatia, Overseas Chinese, representatives of Chinese investment institutions, all together about 130 people attended the celebration.
Military Counselor Mr. Zhen Zhongxing in his speech recalled the glorious 91 years long history of Chinese People's Liberation Army, as well as outstanding contributions of the PLA in their struggle for people's liberation, protecting country's sovereignty, security, developmental interests and guarding world's peace.
He emphasized that PLA had remodeled political ecosystem, organizational model and system of power through national defence and military reform, and had developed into the strong army that had basically achieved mechanization and is marching towards informatization.
Military Counselor Mr. Zheng regarded Croatia military's important role in modernization and international peace-keeping as positive; Croatia and China's military had achieved results in every field, including the mutual visits of military high officials, international peacekeeping and exchanges in regards to the military science.
Military Counselor expressed his hope to, through the joint effort with Croatian side, give impetus so that the exchange and cooperation between two military could step into the new phase.
Before the reception started, Ambassador Hu Zhaoming and Military Counselor Mr. Zhen have escorted Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces General Mr. Mirko Šundov and other honored guests to see the photo exhibition ''Features of Chinese Army in the New Era''. From beginning to the end, the reception was brimming with warm friendly atmosphere.
Guests congratulated Chinese Army on the 91st anniversary, expressed their admiration for achievements of the reformation of Chinese defence and military and highly evaluated China's contribution in guarding the world's peace.