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Qingdao to host large-scale Chinese Naval parade in April
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15:09, March 05, 2009

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This April, the Chinese Navy will hold a large-scale maritime parade in Qingdao, Shandong Province. This information was disclosed by Wang Fushan, Deputy Commander of the North China Sea Fleet in an interview on the morning of March 4.

To commemorate the founding of the Chinese Navy on April 23, 1949 Wang said, "The Navy will hold a series of naval activities... We have sent invitation letters to members of the international community to attend the maritime parade to be held in April."

Records show that on April 23, 1949, the Second Fleet of the Kuomingtang Navy staged an uprising led by Rear Admiral Lin Zun, commander of the fleet. On the same day, the Navy of the East China Military Area Command--the first naval force of the People's Liberation Army (PLA)--announced its founding. Hence, April 23 was proclaimed to be the founding day of the PLA Navy.
Over the 60 years since the founding of New China, the Navy has not had much of a chance to display its image in the international arena. Its deployment of three warships to the Somali waters to carry out escort missions at the end of last year was its most high profile military action in the past 20 years. Regarding the presence of officers and soldiers from the naval convoy as the focus of the maritime parade in April, Wang said that he still did not know.

Wang confirmed that the parade will be held in Qingdao. The venue, Qingdao is a natural top choice for a naval parade. It was a co-hosting city for the Beijing Olympics, and has a splendid landscape and excellent international image.

By People's Daily Online

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