4 June 2018. Chinese Navy 28th Escort Task Group 546 has arrived at the Tema port in Ghana for a four-day tour on Monday 4 June, 2018.
The aim of the visit was to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the Naval forces of the two countries, consolidate the political mutual trust and promote China-Ghana relations to a higher level.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa noted that the Ghana-China relations had gained strong grounds of development with economic cooperation being the most prominent.
CDS further stated that the long standing economic ties had been expanded to improve defence cooperation. He added that the government of Ghana appreciated the wonderful edifice of the Ministry of Defence and the Ghana Armed Forces barracks(Belgium Barracks) built by China.
According to the CDS, the Belgium Barracks constructed by the Chinese government had helped alleviate some of the accommodation problems of GAF.
Lt Gen Akwa again appreciated the Chinese government for donating four boats to Ghana which had enhanced the operational capacity of the Ghana Navy especially in their territorial waters.
CDS stressed that there was the need to train and build capacity to deal with new trends. This would help prevent maritime crime which has had ripple effect on the economy and several countries. He added that cooperation among nations was no longer an option but a necessity.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Shi Ting Wang in his remarks said that, this was their first visit to Ghana and it would open a new chapter in the history of the friendly exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Ghanaian military forces.
His Excellency Shi Ting Wang indicated that from Monday 4 June to Thursday 8 June, there would be series of exchange activities between the Chinese Navy and Ghanaian government, military high-level meetings, mutual military facilities tours, deck reception, ship joint military exercise at the sea.
The Chinese ambassador explained that military exchanges had made considerable progress as an important part of bilateral relations. The strengthening of mutual exchanges and trust in the military field between the two countries according to him was of positive significance to safeguarding world peace.