China promises military hardware to Namibia

31 Mar 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MARCH (NAMPA) – “Rumours can destroy a country” said President Hage Geingob during a session with the media and Chinese defence force delegates at State House on Monday.
He made the remark in response to a question posed by a journalist on rumours that the Chinese Government plans to build a naval base at the harbour town of Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region.
The president said he cannot respond to rumours, adding; “We should not base our existence on rumours because rumours can destroy a country”.
The session with the media followed a visit to State House by a high-profile Chinese military delegation, comprising of 15 senior army, navy and air force officials that was led by State Councillor and Minister of the National Defence of the People's Republic of China, General Chang Wanquan. Political Commissioner of the Chinese Fleet, Miao Hua was also in attendance.
Addressing the Head of State through an interpreter, Chang said the Chinese Government decided to donate military hardware to Namibia to the value of 30 million Yuan (about N.dollars 58.6 million) in efforts to press forward with co-operation in defence and military fields with Namibia.
Efforts to establish what the ‘hardware’ are proved futile.
“Namibia enjoys political stability, economic growth, social progress and a very strong national defence system,” said Chang.
He also described Namibia as a stable country that has made several positive contributions to the region's peace and stability.
“The Chinese side express our appreciation and admiration of such a role in the region,” the General narrated.
The delegation is expected to depart for China on Tuesday.
(NAMPA)
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