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Visiting navy leaders in Qingdao unanimous on building "harmonious ocean"
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18:27, April 22, 2009

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Chinese and foreign navy leaders voiced unanimous opinions about building harmony in the ocean during their exchanges in Qingdao before an international fleet review to be held Thursday marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.

High-level delegations from 29 countries and 21 vessels from 14 countries are in the east port city Qingdao of Shandong Province to take part in the review and other activities, including a symposium.

Ding Yiping, deputy commander of PLA Navy, told Xinhua Wednesday that the visiting navy leaders have agreed to China's concept of harmony in the ocean and reached consensus on building a harmonious, just and free ocean.

Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations of the United States, told Xinhua exclusively that he looks forward to continuing to work with the PLA Navy as he believes any problem can be addressed cooperatively.

Roughead also said at the symposium held Tuesday he was pleased to see that commanders of the U.S. and Chinese task forces at the Gulf of Aden exchanged visits to each other's command ships to enhance cooperation.

Other navy commanders and chiefs of staff, including those of Nigeria, Turkey, Australia, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Bangladesh, and France, also delivered speeches at the symposium.

Rear Admiral Iko Ibrahim, Chief of Naval Staff of Nigeria, said that for Nigeria, a harmonious ocean means the country should first ensure the safety of its sea resources.

Admiral Vysotskiy Sergeevich, Navy Commander of Russia, said that the Russian Navy is willing to cooperate more with other navies in the open sea and the Somali waters within the framework of United Nations agreements.

The heads of the delegations on Wednesday visited three main vessels of the PLA Navy, including the "Great Wall 218" conventional-powered submarine, the "Wenzhou" missile frigate, and the "Peace Ark" hospital ship.

The vessels, all independently designed and made by China, represent the latest level of PLA Navy equipment, Gu Wengen, deputy commander of the PLA Navy said.

Source: Xinhua



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