[www.inewsguyana.com] – The bilateral conference between the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China commenced yesterday [Tuesday, August 19] with the signing of a military aid agreement totaling approximately US $4.8M
In his remarks at the ceremony held at the Guyana International Conference Center (GICC), Liliendaal, Chief of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips said that since the 1970s China and the PLA have been providing military assistance to the GDF.
“We remain heartened and greatly appreciative to you for the continued military assistance as we work collectively towards the strengthening of our mutual relationships between our two nations and our military forces,” The Chief of Staff said.
To date, many of GDF officers have benefitted tactical, operational and strategic levels of training in China. In fact, almost all of the present senior leadership would have attended military training courses and or seminars in that country.
The Chinese military delegation was headed by Major General Kong Li. Guyana delegation consisted of Deputy Chief of Staff, Col. Khemraj Persaud, Inspector General, Col. George Lewis, Lt. Col. Patrick West, Commander Gary Beaton from the Guyana Coast Guard, Major Courtney Bourne, and Commanding Officer, Guyana Air Corps, Major Delbert George.
The Governments of the People’s Republic of China and Guyana share a dynamic relationship that encompasses active cooperation in a wide spectrum for over 40 years.
Moreover, Guyana was one of the developing countries that voted to admit the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations (UN) in October 1971 and it continues to support the one-China policy.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]