Angola mulls Chinese military deals
LUANDA — Angola is considering asking the Chinese army and Chinese weapons companies for help in modernising its military, the chief of staff of the Angolan Armed Forces said Friday.
"Studies are under way into the re-equipping and the modernisation of our forces, with a view toward cooperation with the armed forces... and the defence industry in China," Francisco Furtado said on national radio after meeting with his Chinese counterpart Chen Bingde.
Chen was on his first visit to Angola to give about one million dollars (805,000 euros) worth of computer equipment to Luanda, and to discuss consolidating bilateral cooperation deals signed in 2008.
China is heavily involved in Angola's reconstruction after 27 years of civil war that ended in 2002.
The southern African country has already received at least five billion dollars in credit from Beijing -- repaid in oil -- but the World Bank believes up to eight billion dollars more has not been publicised.
Angola: Chinese Army Staff Chief Jets in
Luanda — The Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, general Chen Bindge, arrived Wednesday in Luanda, for a four-day talks with the Angolan military authorities aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation.
Chen Bindge, who is leading his country's delegation, was received at Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International airport by the chief of the main department for readiness of troops and military education of the General Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), general Adriano Mackenzie, Chinese ambassador to Angola, Zhang Bindge, and respective military attachés.
According to the visiting programme, during his stay in Angola, the Chinese delegation will meet with Chief of General Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), Army General Francisco Pereira Furtado and the Defence Minister, Cândido Van-Dunem.
Visits to some military units and official talks between representatives of both armies, are also part of the visiting programme of the Chinese military delegation which is visiting the country for the first time.