Published Tuesday, February 23, 2021
China donates police equipment valued at
$6.3M-plus to the Ministry of Security
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
On Monday, the Chinese government, through its embassy, donated equipment valued at $6,373,493 to the Ministry of Security.
According to the ministry, the donation includes 100 motorcycles valued at $1,470,806 plus supplies for policemen valued at $4,902,687.
"Thanks to Ambassador Tang Heng, for this important donation that also represents the close relationship that both nations have in terms of cooperation," President Carlos Alvarado said at the donation announcement ceremony that took place at the Ministry of Security. "We know that these vehicles and this equipment will be of great use to our police forces."
The donation includes 100 gasoline fuel Cfmoto motorcycles, plus 100 pairs of boots and jackets. This is in addition to 2,000 bulletproof helmets, 500 bulletproof vests, 500 bulletproof shields, 100 anti-explosion covers, among other equipment.
"The police of both countries share the same missions of maintaining public order," Heng said. "As well as improving citizen security and ensuring the welfare of the people."
China considers Costa Rica an important partner in Central America, Heng added.
As the equipment and motorcycles are in the registration process, the ministry expects to use them beginning next month.
According to the China Council on Foreign Relations, the country is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is inspired by the Russian Revolution.
"The CCP was founded in 1921 on the principles of Marxism-Leninism," the Council said in its statement. "Tensions between the Communist Party and the nationalist Kuomintang, its primary rival, erupted into a civil war from which the Communists emerged victorious in 1949. Despite China’s market reforms in the late 1970s, the modern Chinese state remains a Leninist system, like those of Cuba, North Korea, and Laos.”
Costa Rica resumed diplomatic relations with China 13 years ago, according to the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
How could the China gasoline-powered motorcycles contradict the government's decarbonization plan? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org