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Global Insights: The Chinese Navy Throws a Party

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Chinese Navy held a birthday party last week, and everybody came.

Military observers from around the world attended the April 23 celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), held at the northern port city of Qingdao. The Chinese government put on a lavish display, showcasing 25 warships -- ranging from nuclear submarines to a modern amphibious assault craft to an enormous hospital ship -- along with 31 naval aircraft. Twenty-one ships from 14 foreign navies also joined the parade. The four-day commemoration included seminars on maritime security issues, a sampan race, and an at-sea fleet review of the ships in formation. ...

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