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Chinese Ambassador Chen Xiaodong Attended the Opening Ceremony of the E-library ofSouth African National Defence College Built with Chinese Assistance
2021/03/22

On March 17, Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Chen Xiaodong attended by invitation the opening ceremony of the E-library of South African National Defence College built with the assistance of the Embassy. General Solly Shoke, Chief of the South African National Defence Force, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, Brigadier General Du Toit, President of the South African National Defence College, Major General Shang Hong, Chinese Defence Attache at the Chinese Embassy in South Africa, and other officials attended the ceremony.

In his speech, Ambassador Chen spoke positively of the friendship featuring “comrades and brothers” between the Chinese and South African military forces and the progress made in practical cooperation in various fields, thanked General Solly Shoke for his efforts to promote the in-depth development of the relations between the two military forces, highly appreciated the contributions made by the two military forces to their respective countries’ anti-epidemic actions and the productive anti-epidemic cooperation between the two sides. He also expressed the hope that the two sides could further strengthen bilateral cooperation in vaccines and other fields so that Chinese vaccines could benefit the South African people at an early date. Ambassador Chen said that personnel exchanges and training are an important way to foster mutual trust and develop cooperation between the two military forces, hoping that the E-library built with the assistance of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa could become a window for South Africa to learn more about China and the Chinese military. He expected the South African National Defence College to make new and greater contributions to the development of the traditional friendship between China and South Africa.

General Solly Shoke welcomed Ambassador Chen to his new post, thanked the Chinese Embassy in South Africa for assisting in the construction of the E-library, and spoke highly of the donation of anti-epidemic supplies by the Embassy to the South African National Defence Force. He believed that China’s good deeds reflected China’s profound friendship with South Africa and its people. South Africa is willing to further strengthen cooperation with the Chinese military in vaccines and other fields and push forward the in-depth development of relations between the two countries and the two military forces.

Prior to the opening ceremony, Ambassador Chen and General Solly Shoke had a brief meeting and jointly attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the E-library.

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The South African National Defence College is the highest military institution in South Africa, and its E-library was constructed with the assistance of the Embassy in 2020 and completed in September of the same year. The Embassy also donated books, including Xi Jinping: The Governance of China (English Edition), to the College.

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