WELLINGTON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Military Attache to New Zealand Chen Wenrong hosted a reception on Thursday to celebrate the 83th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Zhang Limin, New Zealand Defense Minister Wayne Mapp, New Zealand Ethnic Affairs Minister and Women Affairs Minister Pansy Wong, Chief of New Zealand Defense Force Jerry Mateparae and other 150 guests attended the reception.
Delivering a speech at the reception, Chen Wenrong said the relationship between the PLA and New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) has maintained a stable momentum with increasing exchange of visits and consultations. New Zealand Defense Minister Wyne Mapp visited China last September and Guo Boxiong, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Committee, made a successful visit to New Zealand in May.
The PLA and NZDF held the third defense dialogue in Beijing in early June. In May, the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate visited Shanghai and two Chinese Navy ships will visit New Zealand in September.
Chief of New Zealand Defense Force Jerry Mateparae congratulated the 83th anniversary of the PLA and spoke highly of the relationship between the two armies.