CFE-DM hosts PLA commander

November 02, 2016

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) hosted China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA) Western Theater Commander, Gen. Zhao Zongqi, at CFE-DM’s headquarters building on Ford Island, Hawaii, Nov. 1.

The visit is part of the 2016 U.S.- People's Republic of China Military-Military Plan and includes several organizations that may contribute to a U.S. disaster relief mission in the Asia-Pacific. Discussions between the PLA and CFE-DM staff focused on the similarities and differences in respective disaster response systems of the U.S. and China.    

“With your professionalism and expertise in disaster management, we look forward to an opportunity for military-military exchange in this area,” said Gen. Zongqi.

Later this month, the United States and China will engage in the twelfth Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in China’s Yunnan Province.  The DME is a regularly scheduled event conducted by U.S. Army, Pacific that focuses on a multi-national response to a large-scale disaster. 

The DME serves to increase mutual trust and cooperation through senior leader engagements, mid-level officer discussions, and troop-level exchanges.

CFE-DM staff will be participating in the DME as HADR advisors. 

Joe Martin, director of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, welcomes China’s Gen. Zhao Zongqi, People's Liberation Army  (PLA) Western Theater commander, to the Center’s headquarters building on Ford Island, Hawaii, Nov. 1. The U.S. and China engage annually in military-military exercises focused on areas of mutual cooperation, such as humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. 

Joe Martin, director of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM), and China’s People's Liberation Army Gen. Zhao Zongqi, Western Theater commander, discuss disaster relief operations as an area of mutual cooperation at CFE-DM’s headquarters building on Ford Island, Hawaii, Nov. 1.

 

 

 

 

 

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