On 22 July 2015, Military, Naval and Air Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Canada Senior Colonel Zhu Haitao and his wife hosted a grand reception at the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Nearly 350 guests from the Canadian military, government departments, foreign diplomatic missions, Ottawa Services Attaches Association (OSAA), local and Chinese communities attended the reception.
Chinese Embassy Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Wang Wentian and his wife as well as all the diplomats of the Chinese Embassy were also present on the festive occasion.
In his toast, Senior Colonel Zhu Haitao recalled the PLA’s outstanding historical role in the defeat of the Japanese fascist aggression and in the Chinese people’s struggle for national liberation and independence. He reaffirmed the PLA’s commitment and resolve to safeguard China’s national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also briefed the guests on PLA’s significant contribution to world peace and security through participation in UN peacekeeping missions, naval escort missions in the Gulf of Aden, international disaster relief operations and the fight against the Ebola epidemic.
The Chinese defence attaché said that the military-to-military relations between China and Canada are moving forward steadily. The Chinese side is willing to deepen exchanges and cooperation with the Canadian military in such areas as peacekeeping and winter training.
Director of Foreign Liaison of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) Colonel A.C. Lovett and President of Conference of Defence Associations Institute Major General Daniel Gosselin expressed warm congratulations on the 88th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and spoke highly of the development of military-to-military relations between the two countries.
A short documentary The PLA of Today was screened and a series of photos reflecting China’s achievements in national defence and army building were on display, inspiring great interest among the guests. The reception proceeded in a warm and friendly atmosphere and guests expressed festive greetings to the Chinese People's Liberation Army.