CHINA DENIES MASSIVE MILITARY PRESENCE IN NAMIBIA
China has denied reports of massive military presence in Namibia.
A spokesperson person at the Chinese Embassy in Namibia, Helen Lu Hairong told the Namibian Sun newspaper that the reports making the rounds that Soldiers from China have been deployed to the South West Country were purely rumours.
Several sources had claimed to have sighted about 3500 Chinese soldiers training in the country.
The matter escalated last week when lawmakers grilled the Defence Minister Peter Vilho on the alleged presence of up to 3,500 Chinese soldiers in Namibia, claiming that the Asian country is trying to establish a military base in the town of Swakopmund.
Vilho, who neither confirmed nor denied the presence of Chinese soldiers in the South West African country, said the matter was “confidential.”
“If there was anything that needs to be brought to parliament in relation to defence it would have been brought here already. If the issues you are referring to were not brought to parliament, it means that they were not worth bringing to parliament. The rest of the information that you asked is confidential,” the Namibian Defence Minister said.
However, Hairong told reporters that there had been no talks about China building a military base in any part of Namibia.