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Embassy of China Hosted Reception Marking 90th Anniversary of PLA's Founding

     On 1 August 2017, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Lesotho held a reception celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberty Amy (PLA). The Ambassador of China H. E. Dr. Sun Xianghua, Hon. Lesego Makgothi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of Lesotho and his deputy Hon. Halebonoe Setsabi, Hon. Sentje Lebona, Minister of Defense and National Security, Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso, Commander of the Lesotho Defense Force, officials from the above-mentioned Ministries and representatives of soldiers from the LDF were present at the reception.

      Ambassador Sun indicated in his speech that since its establishment 90 years ago, the PLA has played a pivotal role in China's revolution, modernization, reforms and opening-up, and has become a Great Wall of iron and steel to safeguard China's sovereignty, safety and development interests. China opposes the wanton show and unscrupulous use of force or threat of use of force to settle international disputes. Meanwhile, China will never allow her core national interests to be compromised. Ambassador Sun revealed that with the development of China and its comprehensive capability, an increasing number of PLA personnel has been deployed overseas for the sole and solemn purpose of contributing to world peace and stability. China has become the second largest financial contributor of UN's peace keeping budget, and also the top peace-keepers provider to Africa among the permanent members of the UN Security Council. Ambassador Sun also pointed out the relations between the armed forces of China and Lesotho have enjoyed admirable development in recent years and wished further strengthening of the friendship for the benefits of the two countries and peoples.

      Hon. Lebona, Hon. Makgothi and Lieu. General Motsomotso expressed in their remarks warm congratulations to the PLA for its 90th birthday, commended on the important contribution of PLA in pursuing national independence, supporting national development and safeguarding world peace. They also expressed sincere appreciation for the assistance from the Chinese government and PLA to the Lesotho government and LDF, and looked forward to constructive role continuously played by PLA in safeguarding world peace and participating African peace and security affairs. They also reaffirmed that the Lesotho government attached great importance to strengthening relations with China and will adhere to the One-China Policy unwaveringly.

      The guests also watched at the reception documentaries of PLA Today 2017 and China's Zhurihe Amy Day Parade with heart-felt acclamations.


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