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Chinese language course set up at Madagascar's Ministry of National Defense

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By Global Times Published: Sep 14, 2021 12:47 PM

A Chinese language course has been set up at Madagascar's Ministry of National Defense, the Chinese Embassy in Madagascar said in a notice on Monday, in the hope that the two sides and their militaries will establish a broader, smoother and sounder communication channel through the course.

"China-Madagascar relations have been developing healthily and steadily in recent years, and have seen bilateral cooperation extending to more fields," Ambassador Guo Xiaomei said at a press conference on Monday.

The embassy set up a military office in the country this year, suggesting the great importance China attaches to promoting the development of ties between the two militaries, Guo noted.

Setting up the Chinese language course will build up a broader and more solid bridge between the two sides, and help establish a more efficient communication channel as the militaries exchange ideas and experiences, she added.

Madagascar Defense Minister General Leon Jean Richard Rakotonirina addressed the conference in Chinese, saying that the course will help the two sides understand each other and deepen bilateral ties.

China has donated several batches of medical supplies to help Madagascar's fight against COVID-19, including ventilators and oxygenerators. The island nation joined the World Health Organization-led COVAX program on April 1 in a move to procure COVID-19 vaccines for its population, and the Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina said the country would seek to acquire the Chinese-manufactured Sinopharm vaccine alongside three other vaccines to be used during the planned mass vaccination drive.



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