Chinese military donation contributes to Bolivian peace, development: Morales

LA PAZ, March 30 (Xinhua) — Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday thanked the Chinese government for donating military equipment, saying the move will help promote his country’s peace and development.

At a ceremony here attended by Morales, Chinese Ambassador Qu Shengwu and some Bolivian ministers, China handed over 37 buses, 21 vans, and 40 outboard engines for boats to the Bolivian Armed Forces.

The donation, worth 2.6 million U.S. dollars, marks the third Chinese contribution to the Bolivian military in recent years.

“It is the authorities’ obligation to equip the Armed Forces to serve the Bolivian people. These engines will be of much help to the social programs, to the combat against illegal trafficking and to safeguarding the security of the citizens,” Morales said.

Qu said that the donation is a part of the “friendship and cooperation protocol” of the armed forces of both countries.

“Both countries have common interests in safeguarding peace and promoting development. China has always given its support to Bolivia in its development,” Qu said.

China donated two modern patrol boats to the Bolivian army in 2009,after its previous delivery of 34 trucks, five buses and three vans in 2007.

Source: Xinhua

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