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New Chinese Ambassador to Guyana His Excellency Zhang Limin on Tuesday January 15 , 2013 paid his first visit to the Office of Chief of Staff Commodore Gary Best , during which the two took the opportunity to sign a protocol for the delivery of  5 Million RMB ( approximately US $ 80 000) in military equipment to the Guyana Defence Force.

The agreement for the military aid was inked back in 2011.  Among the items to be provided to the GDF are , a field ambulance , Aluminum boats and Metal detectors.

Commodore Best welcomed Ambassador Zhang Limin and congratulated him on his appointment. In addressing the existing relationship between the People’s Liberation Army and the GDF, Comodorre Best noted that these relations have intensified and that the aid received from China continues to be important for the development of the Force. He singled out the various training opportunities for ranks as well as the provision of non-lethal military equipment to the GDF, as two of the many examples of this tangible support.

Ambassador Limin, in response, commended Guyana for being one of the first in South American to have established close military ties with China. He noted that the Chinese government attached great importance to its relationship with the GDF. This agreement is the first which the Ambassador has signed since ascending to his appointment and he pledged to continue the trend of promoting good relations between the two militaries.