A delegation from the military department of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) visited the third division of the Beijing Garrison of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) stationed in Beijing suburbs on February 14, 2012. It is the first visit paid by a NATO delegation to the Chinese barracks since the establishment of the NATO in 1949.
The third division of the Beijing Garrison of the PLA is mainly responsible for carrying out mobile defensive operations, participating in air defense operations, anti-terrorism, stability maintenance and various daily reserve tasks in Beijing. All of the equipment of the division are domestically developed and manufactured.
During the visit, members of the delegation showed great interests in the Chinese military.
“I’m deeply impressed by the quality of the Chinese military. It demonstrates that the Chinese military has the capability to accomplish various military tasks, especially under the framework of Chinese military’s participation in international operations. I’m convinced that the Chinese military has the capability in cooperating with the militaries from other countries to accomplish various tasks. In fact, we have conducted initial cooperation in areas such as naval escort with the Chinese military in the Gulf of Aden. In the future, we look forward to discovering more areas for cooperation through enhancing bilateral dialogue”, said Lt. Gen. Bernaman, director of the International Military Staff (IMS) under the NATO.
In June 2010, a delegation of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) conducted the first dialogue with the NATO. The current visit to China made by Bernaman and his delegation is a return visit.