SAAF chief visiting China


The Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), General Fabian Msimang, is currently in China on an official visit.

He met with Ma Xiaotian, member of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) and commander of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force at the PLA Air Force Headquarters in Beijing on July 20, reports ChinaMil.

Xiaotian said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa 17 years ago, the bilateral relations have witnessed historic development from partnership, strategic partnership to the present comprehensive strategic partnership, becoming one of the fastest growing, the most dynamic and important bilateral relations for both countries, ChinaMil reports.

The PLA Air Force Commander expressed his satisfaction with fruitful exchanges and cooperation between the two air forces in a number of professional and technical fields.

Msimang said the two militaries and the two air forces are now enjoying close relations, and both sides have conducted fruitful exchange in various fields. The South African Armed Forces and its Air Force expect to deepen their cooperation with the China PLA and the PLA Air Force, Msimang continued.

Before their meeting, Xiaotian held a welcoming ceremony for Msimang and hosted a briefing on the general information of PLA Air Force. Msimang arrived in Beijing on Sunday to start a 6-day China visit upon invitation of his Chinese counterpart, according to ChinaMil.

Msimang earlier this year paid a visit to India but it is not clear what the outcome of that trip was.