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Chinese navy escort warships make port call in Myanmar

08-30-2010 10:15 BJT

YANGON, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The 5th Escort Task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)- Navy, made up of two warships -- "Guanhzhou" and "Caohu" made a friendly call at Myanmar Yangon's Thilawa Port Sunday afternoon.

Chinese naval soldiers and officers of destroyer Guangzhou stand in formation on board upon their arrival at Myanmar Yangon's Thilawa Port, Aug. 29, 2010. The 5th Escort Task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)-Navy, made up of two warships -- "Guanhzhou" and "Chaohu" made a friendly call at Myanmar Yangon's Thilawa Port Sunday afternoon. (Xinhua/Jin Fei)
Chinese naval soldiers and officers of destroyer Guangzhou stand in formation on 
board upon their arrival at Myanmar Yangon's Thilawa Port, Aug. 29, 2010. The 5th 
Escort Task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)-Navy, made up of 
two warships -- "Guanhzhou" and "Chaohu" made a friendly call at Myanmar Yangon's 
Thilawa Port Sunday afternoon. (Xinhua/Jin Fei)

It was also the first time for Chinese naval warship to have called at Myanmar port.

The five-day mission is aimed at promoting friendly relationships between the two armed forces of the two countries and exchange between the two navies.

A grand ceremony was launched to welcome the Chinese warships amid rain, attended by Major Han Sein, Commander of Myanmar Navy Dockyard Base, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Ye Dabo and other embassy officials as well as representatives of Chinese companies, teachers and students based in Myanmar and local Chinese residents totaling about 200.

After the ceremony, the warships were open to the visitors for viewing.

During the call, the Chinese PLA escort task group will launch a series of exchange with the Myanmar navy.

Myanmar is the fourth country that the 5th Chinese PLA escort task group called on after completing its escort missions in gulf of Aden and the waters off Somali coast.

Prior to Myanmar, the escort task group had called on Egypt, Italy and Greece.

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