This week Defence hosted General Wei Liang, Political Commissar, Southern Theatre Command from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on a recent goodwill visit to Australia.
The visit, which occurred on 15–19 July, included discussions with senior Defence officials, including the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Mark Binskin, AC. The delegation also visited Victoria Barracks and HMAS Watson in Sydney.
The meetings between senior Defence officials and General Wei Liang provided an opportunity to exchange views on regional issues and Australia-China defence engagement.
“It is important for Australia and China to maintain a positive defence relationship,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.
“I had a meaningful discussion with General Wei and welcomed the opportunity to reinforce the relationship between Australia and China.”
The Goodwill delegation’s visit provides an opportunity to strengthen people-to-people links and foster transparency between the Australian Defence Force and China’s People’s Liberation Army.