Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 12 – Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Mao Ning said that as ASEAN’s good neighbor, good brother and good partner, China continues to provide assistance on mine clearance to relevant ASEAN countries.
Mao Ning's remarks were made in a regular press conference on 11 September 2023.
The spokesperson stated, “mines and explosive remnants of war continue to threaten regional peace and civilian lives and stand in the way of sustainable development. The Global Security Initiative Concept Paper issued by the Chinese government in February this year identifies international cooperation and assistance on demining as a priority.
At present, ASEAN countries including Cambodia and Laos are still not completely free from the threat of land mines. As ASEAN’s good neighbor, good brother and good partner, China continues to provide assistance on mine clearance to relevant ASEAN countries.”
“On September 6, the Chinese task force participating in the “Pure Homeland-2023” multinational joint demining operation arrived in Cambodia. On September 7, the second High-Level Regional Dialogue on “Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Resource Mobilization in ASEAN Mine/ERW Action” was held in Nanjing, and China and ASEAN signed an assistance and cooperation agreement. On September 8, a China-supported training session on mine-clearing skills for personnel from Cambodia and Laos was successfully completed in Nanjing. All this is part of China’s latest measures to implement the outcomes of the leaders’ meetings on East Asia cooperation,” she added.
Mao Ning continued, “China will continue to follow the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, further step up mine clearance cooperation with relevant regions and countries and help more parts of the world to free themselves from the threat of land mines.”