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Reception Held to Celebrate the PLA Day

On July 24, Senior Colonel Chen Wei, Military Naval & Air Attaché of Chinese Embassy in Malaysia hosted a reception at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. H.E. Ambassador of China Huang Huikang and the staff of the Embassy attended the reception, which also witnessed the presence of General Tan Sri’ Dato’ Sri Zulkifeli bin Mohd Zin, Malaysian Chief of Defence Force, Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz bin Hj Jaafar , Chief of Navy, Gen Dato’ Sri Roslan bin Saad, Chief of Air Force, Vice Admiral Dato’ Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman, Deputy Chief of Navy and high ranking officers from Malaysia Armed Forces, Royal Malaysia Police and Malaysia government departments, guests from commercial, cultural, media, academia and local Chinese communities and representatives of the Chinese enterprises, organizations and students in Malaysia. The guests expressed their congratulations on the PLA Day and their appreciation to the achievements of the PLA modernization construction and its contributions to maintaining peace and stability and promoting common development of the world and regions.

A documentary titled ‘The PLA of Today’ was shown to the guests. H.E. Huang Huikang, Senior Colonel Chen Wei and General Tan Sri Zulkifeli cut a cake together to celebrate the 88th birthday of the PLA.

In his toast, Senior Colonel Chen introduced the new defence white paper issued early this year, which stresses that China will unswervingly follow the path peaceful development, pursue an independent foreign policy of peace and a national defense policy that is defensive in nature, and oppose hegemonism and power politics in all forms. In the new situation, China’s armed forces unswervingly adhere to and enrich the strategic guideline of active defense, deter and win wars, and firmly safeguard the country’s territorial sovereignty, integrity and security. China’s armed forces will strive to establish fair and effective collective security mechanisms and military confidence-building measures, expand military and security cooperation, and create a security environment favorable to China’s peaceful development. They will also further fulfill international responsibilities and obligations, provide more public security goods, and contribute more to world peace and common development.

Senior Colonel Chen also said that the past year has witnessed further development in Sino-Malaysian pragmatic military cooperation. The two armed forces held the first ever bilateral joint military exercises. At the beginning of this year, when Malaysia was suffering from the most serious floods in decades, the PLA transported emergency materials to Malaysia in just three days. Senior Colonel Chen wishes that the relations between the two armed forces be on plain sailing in time to come.

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