via Zim, China military ties reaffirmed | The Herald August 1, 2015 by Andrew Chimedza
A senior Chinese defence attaché has said his country will continue maintaining its military friendship with Zimbabwe which started during the liberation struggle in the 1960s. Speaking at the commemorations of the 88th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Harare yesterday, Senior Colonel Li Jun said the event was a moment to remember the courageous past of the PLA and strengthen friendship with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
“China will forever cherish the traditional friendship with Zimbabwe and the PLA will always be a closest friend and trust worth partner of the ZDF,” said Col Li.
He said “a friend in need is a friend in deed” as China helped Zimbabwe during its liberation struggle.
“Since 1927, the PLA defeated enemies from both within and outside the country to safe guard national sovereignty and territorial integrity which brings us peace,” said Col Li.
He said the relationship between the armies of Zimbabwe and China started in the 1960s and has always been cherished and promoted.
In an interview at the celebrations, Chief of Staff Joint Operation and Plans for the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Air Vice Marshal Elson Moyo said Zimbabwe was learning a lot from the PLA.