The People’s Republic of China donated over $1.5 million to Colombia on Monday to invest in logistical equipment for defense.
Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon met with China’s Vice President of the Central Military Commission, Colonel General Guo Boxiong in Bogota on Monday to sign the cooperation agreement between Colombia and China.
“We want to further strengthen our relationship with China and raise it to an increasingly strategic level, we know that this visit deepens our ties of friendship,” Pinzon said to the foreign delegation.
In return Boxiong thanked the Colombian government’s attention to his visit, stating that “China highly appreciates the efforts of Colombia to maintain the relationship between the two countries.”
Since 2001, China has already donated approximately $1.25 million to Colombia’s Ministry of Defense to purchase logistical supplies such as tents, boots and uniforms.
The visit of the Chinese delegation with the Colombian authorities further strengthens the relations of cooperation in security and defense between the two countries.
China has also expressed interest in Colombia’s Armed Forces to train military personnel in China on issues related to the fight against transnational organized crime and drug trafficking.