On the morning of November 3, an air force delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) led by Major General Kim Kwang-su (right), deputy commander of the air force of the DPRK, arrived in Beijing to attend the International Forum on Peace and Development sponsored by the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF). Major General Li Shaomin (left), assistant to chief of staff of the PLAAF, greeted Kim Kwang-su at the airport.(Photo by Fei Boyu)
On the morning of November 3, an air force delegation headed by Major General Kim Kwang-su, deputy commander of the air force of the DPRK, arrived in Beijing to attend the International Forum on Peace and Development sponsored by the Air Force of the People's Liberation Army (PLAAF). From November 3 to 6, 2009, the delegation will be joined by its counterparts from 34 countries, including Pakistan, Japan, Brazil, the United States, Russia and others, to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLAAF.
According to Senior Colonel Xin Guo, deputy director of the General Office of the Headquarters of the PLAAF, the air force delegations from 34 countries have confirmed that they will attend the upcoming forum which is expected to have around 300-attendess from home and abroad including 23 air force commanders or chiefs of staff, and air force leaders from 23 countries will speak at the forum.
Senior Colonel Xin Guo further noted that General Xu Qiliang, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and commander of the PLAAF, would deliver the keynote speech and the concluding speech to solemnly put forward the “5 propositions”, namely, building a new concept of airspace security, promoting exchanges and mutual trust, jointly developing norms and orders for the conduct in airspace, performing peace missions and sharing air force culture and honor.
It’s the first time in the history of the PLAAF to hold an international forum attended by air force leaders of a multiple of countries. The forum is intended to serve as a platform of military diplomacy, advocate the concept of “harmony in airspace” and display the “open, confident and cooperative” image of the PLAAF. Moreover, the forum represents a significant move of the Chinese government and the military to actively promote the buildup of a harmonious world by upholding the concept of “Peace, Development and Cooperation”.
It’s said that the PLAAF will also hold bilateral meetings with the international air force delegations at the forum. After the forum, the Chinese side will organize the air force delegations to fly to a Shandong-based aviation division of the PLAAF to watch the training flight and static display of the JH-7A aircraft and visit Qufu, the hometown of Confucius.
By Fei Boyu