China has donated weapons worth about 30 million yuan (4.5 million US dollars) to the Philippines to combat terrorism, the People’s Daily reported.
The weapons were handed over to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) at a ceremony held on Thursday morning at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Quezon City near the capital city of Manila.
The ceremony was attended by Major General Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine Defense Secretary; Zhao Jianhua, Chinese Ambassador to Philippines and Lt. General Eduardo Año, Chief of AFP.
Transferred equipment included 3,000 units of Norinco CQ-A5b 5.56mm rifles, 3 million rounds of assorted ammunition and 90 sniper scopes.
This is the second batch of weapons delivered by China as part of its military assistance worth 110 million yuan (about 16.54 million US dollars) to the Philippines for anti-terrorism efforts.
The first batch, handed over in June included 3,000 rifles with 5 million ammunition and 90 units sniper rifles with 800,000 ammunition.
Zhao Jinhua said during the ceremony that China is now preparing the third batch of weapons that it will be donatedto the Philippine military in the coming months. He added that these equipment are China’s contribution to the Philippines’ campaign against terrorism and crime.