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Mozambican Defense Minister, Atanásio M’tumuke, today begins a nine-day visit to the People’s Republic of China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the military field.
A statement from the Mozambican Defence Ministry says that Atanásio M’tumuke will participate in the Beijing International Defence Forum and visit companies from the People’s Republic of China Defence industry.
On the sidelines of the forum, the Mozambican Minister of National Defence will hold talks with his counterpart in China to address issues related to strengthening bilateral cooperation in the defence area.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in September in Beijing that China has become one of the country’s largest investors: in the period between 2013 and the first half of this year, 149 projects were approved corresponding to US$751 million of foreign direct investment , capable of creating about 20 thousand jobs, he said.
Nyusi highlighted China’s presence in the tourism, ecotourism, agriculture, agribusiness, mining, energy production and infrastructure sectors.
“The People’s Republic of China is the biggest investor in the hotel industry and is also present in aquaculture and fisheries where production volumes have been growing annually,” he said.
‘Unprecedented’ foreign participation at Beijing forum
Meanwhile, the Global Times reports that the 8th Beijing Xiangshan Forum will be held at the Beijing International Convention Centre from Wednesday to Friday, and a senior officer of the People’s Liberation Army said on Monday that the scale and level of the foreign delegations are unprecedented.
According to the same source, the China Association for Military Science (CAMS) and China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS) will co-host the forum with the theme, “Building a New Type of Security Partnership of Equality, Mutual Trust and Win-Win Cooperation,” according to the forum’s website. The first forum was held in 2006.
Major General Pi Mingyong, the forum’s secretary-general, told a press conference in Beijing on Monday that “there are more than 500 representatives from 74 countries, and international organisations have already confirmed attendance, including about 50 vice-ministerial and higher-level officials. This shows that the scale and level of the participation of foreign delegations have hit new heights.”
The topics to be discussed include “New ideas for and new approaches to international security governance,” “Terrorism threats and countermeasures,” “Reality and vision of maritime security cooperation,” and “Challenges to and cooperation of UN peacekeeping,” the forum’s website said. The topic “Artificial intelligence and evolution of modern warfare” will also be included.Source: Lusa / Global Times
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