Chinese, African peacekeeping forces conduct exchange activities in Lebanon

Source:China Military Online Editor:Li Jiayao 2018-09-06

By Zhang Guijie, Yang Shuangquan

BEIRUT, Sept. 5 (ChinaMil) -- The 17th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon jointly organized the "Peacekeeping Operations Discussion and Traditional Culture Exchange" activities with African friendly armies in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) such as Ghana, Tanzania and Sierra Leone on the afternoon of September 3, local time.

The theme "Carrying out win-win cooperation, going forward together" was adopted for the activities. The leaders of Chinese peacekeeping force, chief of UNIFIL Staff Welfare Unit, commanders of peacekeeping forces of Tanzania and Ghana, and staff officers of Sierra Leone participated in the activity.

The commanders of peacekeeping forces of China, Tanzania and Ghana introduced their respective tasks and conducted in-depth discussions and friendly exchanges in various topics such as security situation in the mission area, peacekeeping operations and security defense. The mission execution documentary film of the 17th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon was shown to the participants.

The Chinese side also introduced the current situation and development trends of the "Belt and Road" Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the African friendly forces. Thereafter, they watched the video of the keynote speech delivered by President Xi at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to help African friendly forces better understand China.

After the seminar, the Chinese and African peacekeeping troops hosted a “Literary Evening” including traditional literary performances such as martial arts, instrumental music, singing and dancing, which are full of the charm of traditional Chinese and African culture.

According to the commander of Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon, in order to further strengthen coordination and cooperation with foreign friendly forces and better accomplish peacekeeping missions, the Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon has also carried out exchange activities with various peacekeeping forces from France, Italy, South Korea, Ireland and Cambodia in various areas such as mine clearance and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), traditional cultures, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance. In all the Chinese peacekeeping force has established friendly cooperative relationship with their friendly armies in UNIFIL.

The commander of the Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon introduces the "Belt and Road" Initiative to the guests. (Photo by Yang Shuangquan)

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