Govt dismisses Chinese naval base at Walvis Bay

By Staff Reporter

Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuted report carried by the local independent daily newspaper last week that China is to build a naval base at the port of Walvis Bay.

In a press statement issued by the ministry, denied the article published by the Namibian on January 20, 2015, with the headline “Chinese naval base for Walvis”. Alleging that the story was based on a “confidential letter” purportedly written by the Namibian Ambassador to China addressed to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Ms Selma Ashipala-Musavyi.

However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced that, after its investigations it has established that no meeting ever took place on 19 December 2014 or any other date between the Ambassador of Namibia to China Mr Ringo Abed with an Official from the Chinese Ministry of Defence to discuss as alleged in the article.

“The letterhead purportedly used by the Ambassador of Namibia to China to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs is indisputably fake.” Said the statement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs further maintained that there are no discussions between the Republic of Namibia and People’s Republic of China of establishing a naval base in Namibia.





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