China donates equipment to Liberian military

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The Chinese government has donated $3 million worth of equipment to the Armed Forces of Liberia, including 20 trucks, two graders, 10 000 uniforms and 40 tents.

The equipment was handed over in a ceremony at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia on 10 February. Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue said the donation will support the Liberian military as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down. Yue said this was the second batch of substantive military assistance from China to Liberia.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the donation came at a time when most of the equipment used by the military is unserviceable. “We are here to participate in the demonstration of true partnership; a partnership that comes to you at a time when you are really in need,” the president said.

Since 2004, China’s Ministry of Defence has provided Liberia’s Ministry of National Defence with nearly $15 million in military assistance and provided training opportunities for 217 Liberians. 23 Liberian officers and soldiers are to travel to China for training.