DEFENCE FORCE GETS MILITARY MIGHT BOOSTED BY BEIJING – MILITARY TO MILITARY GIFT OF CLOSE TO $1 MIL. BDS, AS BAJAN SOLDIERS LEARN KUNG FU
Military aid valued at some BDS$840,000 was handed over to the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) by Chinese Ambassador, Liu Huanxing, via the Chinese Army.
The donation, which included computer equipment, audio visual aids such as presentation projectors with the latest technology, disaster equipment, power generators on trailers, tents, equipment for the mess hall and other items, were made at the BDF?S St. Ann?s Fort Headquarters.
In making the presentation, Ambassador Haunxing said that he hoped the items would help to improve the BDF?S working conditions and assist its officers in carrying out their tasks.
He also noted that although it had been a comparatively short time since the military forces of China and Barbados had begun their exchanges, satisfactory development had already been achieved in their cooperation.
?The two military forces have maintained continuous high-level exchanges. By now, the Barbados Defence Force has sent seven officers to China to receive various sorts of military training. In March, another officer from the Barbados Defence Force will take part in another Chinese military training programme.?Last week, the musical experts from the Chinese People?s Liberation Army arrived here. They will conduct musical exchanges with the band of the Barbados Defence Force during the four months of their stay. And before long, a martial arts master will arrive in Barbados to start a Chinese martial arts training programme for the Barbados Defence Force,? Mr. Huanxing stated.
The envoy also expressed his Government?s appreciation for ?the steady adherence to the One China policy by the new Government of Barbados?, and its willingness to make joint efforts with Barbados to promote ?the comprehensive development of mutually beneficial bilateral relations?.
Permanent Secretary, Defence and Security, Antoinette Williams, who accepted the donation on behalf of the BDF, thanked the Government of the People?s Republic of China for its ?timely assistance? to the Force. She also agreed that the resources would greatly enhance the everyday activities of the BDF.
China and Barbados have enjoyed over 31 years of friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in critical areas of development. The protocol governing today?s donations, which was the second tranche in that assistance, was signed at Bridgetown, on December 4, 2004.