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Defense minister meets Namibia’s president

Updated: Mar 31,2015 9:00 AM

State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan (L) shakes hands with Namibia’s President Hage Geingob while the latter presenting a gift to him in Windhoek, Namibia, March 30, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan met with Namibia’s President Hage Geingob in Windhoek, Namibia, on March 30, during his official visit to the country.

Chang said that the solid China-Namibia relationship was established by the older generation of leaders of the two countries. He also said that since they established diplomatic ties 25 years ago, their cooperation has been “fruitful” in many fields, and the two countries have “become partners that can share joy and sorrow”.

China will adhere to President Xi Jinping’s policies concerning Africa, actively carry out the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, and improve communication and cooperation to lift the friendly relationship to a new level.

Geingob said that the traditional friendly relationship of the two countries started during Namibia’s struggle for independence and experienced many changes in the international situation.

He also said the two countries developed political, economic and military cooperation, worked together in many other fields, and always seek mutual benefit.

Geingob added that Namibia appreciates China’s assistance over the years, and the country’s new government aims to build a prosperous country and hopes for continuous support from China. He also hopes to further strengthen the military ties between the two countries.

Nicky Lyambo, Namibia’s vice-president, also attended the meeting.

Also on March 30, Chang met Sam Nujoma, who was the first president of Namibia from 1990 to 2005.

Chang also held a “productive meeting” with the country’s defense minister.