China to fund Rwanda army marine regiment
The Chinese government will finance the marine regiment for the Rwanda Defense Forces to improve its capabilities – as part of a broad military cooperation agreement concluded between Beijing and Kigali, RNA reports.
Visiting Defense Minister General James Kabarebe and Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie finalized a major military cooperation agreement on Friday – concluding a 5-day trip of the Rwandan delegation.
The agreement signed Friday contains a protocol under which China will give Rwanda a grant to construct a floating dock for the marine regiment. No specifics are given in the statement from the Chinese Defense Ministry, but it could be referring to setting up marine capabilities on Lake Kivu and Muhazi.
“The ministers pledged to deepen and widen military cooperation by opening up new areas of cooperation such as research and development, intensifying military visits and exchange programmes,” said the statement.
Recent years have witnessed accelerated development of military ties between the two nations. And China says it attaches great importance to developing ties with the Rwandan military.
The two armies are involved in peacekeeping operations in Sudan.