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Remarks by Ambassador Lu Shaye at the Reception Celebrating the 91st Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)
(2018/08/02)

Generals,

Military attachés,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this reception tonight in celebration of the 91st anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The PLA was founded in 1927. Over the past 91 years, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the PLA has fought a bloody battle for Chinese peoples liberation, sacrificed itself to defend national sovereignty, security and development interests, and made selfless dedication to safeguarding a peaceful and tranquil life for the Chinese people. Its historical contributions are indelible.

In recent years, under the guidance of Xi Jinping’s thought on strengthening the armed forces in the new era, China has achieved unprecedented progress in the modernization of its national defense and military construction. The development of China's national defense and military capability is not targeted at any country, non will it exceed the need of ensuring its own national security, China will never pose threat to any country.

China’s independent and peaceful foreign policy and national defense policy that is defensive in nature have been immutable and will remain unchanged, and China’s determination to safeguard world peace and promote common development will be unabated.

This year marks the 28th anniversary of China’s participation in the UN peacekeeping operations. Over the past 28 years, China has been sending more than 37,000 peacekeepers to support this endeavor, being thus the one who sends the most peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. At this very moment, over 2,500 Chinese peacekeepers are performing their duties in ten mission areas of the UN, 395 of whom are deployed in Mali, the most dangerous mission area, collaborating with Canadian peacekeeping troops.

Dear friends,

Currently, the China-Canada relationship is enjoying steady development, and bilateral military exchanges and cooperation constitute an integral part of the friendly cooperative relations between the two countries. Over the past year, a delegation of the PLA Air Force pilots paid a visit to the Royal Canadian Air Force for the first time; the Royal Canadian Navy frigate Vancouver visited Hong Kong, China; the two sides sent delegations to each other for winter training; and the two militaries observed each other’s humanitarian assistance exercises. This April, the fourth round of working consultation between our two Defense Ministries has been held, pledging to further enhance practical cooperation in such areas as peacekeeping and winter training.

We stand committed to intensify exchanges, enhance mutual understanding and friendship, and strengthen cooperation in international peacekeeping with the Canadian Armed Forces, so as to make further contributions to the development of China-Canada relations.

Thank you for your attention.