China intends to provide Jordan with a grant in the amount of 4,9 million dollars for the supply of weapons and military equipment made in China, reports Jaynes Defense Weekly, citing sources in the command of the Jordanian Armed Forces.
Assistance was offered during the talks in Amman at the end of December of the chairman of the committee of the chiefs of staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces General Mashal Mohammad Zaben with the Chinese military delegations. The talks were attended by the Ambassador of China in Jordan, Gao Yusheng.
As stated in a joint statement following the talks, Jordan and China will also expand cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.
A proposal to provide military assistance was received three months after it was signed in Beijing by the State Administration for Science, Technology and Defense Industry of China (State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense) and the command of the Jordanian Armed Forces to expand cooperation in the defense industry.
Earlier, in November, 2012, the countries signed an agreement on cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries, and in 2013, they conducted the first joint antiterrorist exercises.
The assistance offered by Jordan fits into the Chinese-implemented strategy for expanding military sales and, thus, its influence in developing countries.
First of all, Beijing is interested in countries located in strategically important geographic regions of the world and possessing natural resources.
Of the recent largest purchases of Chinese weapons by Jordan, the following should be noted.
Batch of X-NUMX-mm mortars W-120 - 86 units, ordered in 150 year, delivered in 2004 year, the estimated cost of 2005 million dollars.
Lot 60-mm mortars PPT-89 - 1275 units, ordered in 2006 year, delivered in 2007-2008, the estimated cost of 130 million dollars.
Batch of 60-mm mortars WW-90 - 375 units, ordered in 2006 year, delivered in 2007 year, the estimated cost of 40 million dollars.
Batch 273-mm MLRS WM-120 - 12 units, ordered in 2007 year, delivered in 2008-2009, the estimated cost of 100 million dollars.