IO, Jakarta – The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 92nd Anniversary of the Founding of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), in Jakarta. The event was attended by defense attaches from various embassies in Jakarta, and also by high ranking officials from Indonesia’s Ministry of Defense.
“Within the 92 years of its existence, the PLA has endured fires and wars yet fears no sacrifice; it keeps moving forward with ease from victory to victory,” said Senior Colonel Zhou Jian in his opening remarks at the Ballroom of Hotel Shangri-La, in Central Jakarta (30/7).
Zhou explained that the world was undergoing unprecedented changes that have never before seen since hundreds of years ago, unpredictable situations and challenges have piled up. “President Xi Jinping demonstrated that there was no absolutely safe Arcadia in this world: if our neighbor has problems, we cannot just think of ourselves, but have to lend a helping hand,” he remarked.
China first participated in the United Nations peace-keeping missions during the 1960s; for the last three decades China has sent more than 39 thousand United Nations peace-keeping officers to hotspots around the world.
“PLA has sent 30 task forces to the Gulf of Aden and Somalian Waters in escort missions. Chinese armies will continue participating in international peace-keeping operations, escort missions and humanitarian assistance,” said Zhou.
China is also the second-largest contributor to peace-keeping efforts. Through a trust fund China has donated more than $ 5.8 million to United Nations peace-keeping efforts since 2017.
On this occasion there was also an exhibition of Chinese military equipment such as Alit, CETC and Norinco, available for inspection by guests. (rei)