China's naval fleet visits west coast of US
People's Daily Online
(People's Daily Online) 16:29, December 07, 2016
China's naval fleet arrived in San Diego, California on Dec. 6 for a four-day visit. It's the first time that Chinese naval vessels have docked at the port since the U.S. presidential election in November.
The naval fleet consists of three vessels: missile frigates Yancheng and Daqing, and supply ship Taihu, which was loaded with two helicopters and about 600 naval officers and soldiers.
The fleet left China's Qingdao port on Oct. 10. After participating in the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting naval exercise and the international fleet review on the 75th birthday of New Zealand's navy, the fleet went to visit the U.S. and Canada.
Admiral Huang Xinjian, commander of the fleet, said that the two sides will engage in interactive exchanges during the visit, and will conduct a joint naval exercise.
"I believe this visit will further strengthen understanding and mutual trust between the two navies, and lay a solid foundation for bilateral exchange and cooperation to jointly safeguard both regional and international peace."
During the visit, Chinese officers will meet their U.S. naval counterparts, and China's Yangcheng and Daqing ships will be opened to the public. The visit is an important military and diplomatic move, demonstrating the Chinese navy's willingness to participate in international maritime security. It is also of great significance for promoting the development of friendly relations between the two countries and enhancing their influence over international and regional affairs.
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