The Military, Naval and Air Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, Senior Colonel WEI Hai hosted a reception on July 31st at the Embassy to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
Chinese Ambassador H.E. Mr. WU Ken as well as all diplomats of the Embassy attended the reception. More than 200 guests joined the event, among whom were Brigadier General Roland de Jong, Assistant Chief of Defence and other officials from Dutch government, officials and representatives from international organizations in the Hague, diplomatic corps, overseas Chinese, and friends across the Dutch society.
Senior Colonel WEI Hai introduced in his speech the great achievements in Chinese national defense and armed forces building under the guidance of the objectives of strengthening the military stated by President XI Jinping, and Chinese military's active involvement in the UN peace-keeping missions, anti-piracy missions, humanitarian assistance and various military operations. Senior Colonel Wei reaffirmed that China always pursues the path of peaceful development and China's military strategy is defensive in nature. China poses no threat to any country. The Chinese military will play an ever-growing role in safeguarding China's sovereignty, security and national interests, as well as promoting global peace and stability.
On Sino-Dutch military relations, Senior Colonel Wei said that the past few years witnessed healthy, pragmatic and substantial development of the bilateral military relations. He expressed firm belief that the relations would be further deepened and substantiated under the background of positive and steady bilateral relations between the two countries.
On the reception, a photo exhibition named Snapshots of the Chinese PLA in the New Era was presented and a short movie called The PLA of Today was played. The guests spoke highly of both China's achievements in developing its armed forces and the PLA's active contribution to safeguarding global peace and stability.