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PLA begins navy´s 60th anniversary celebration


Source: | 04-21-2009 08:19

Special Report:   Chinese navy 60th anniversary

The Chinese People's Liberation Army has launched a grand maritime ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of its navy. The celebration took place off the coast of Qingdao in east China.

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) kicks off a grand maritime ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of its navy at 6 p.m. Monday off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao,China's Shandong Province, April 20, 2009.(Xinhua/Li Xuanliang)
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) kicks off a grand 
maritime ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of its navy 
at 6 p.m. Monday off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao,
China's Shandong Province, April 20, 2009.(Xinhua/Li Xuanliang)

Monday's ceremony marked the start of four days of events, which include seminars, a sampan race and a fleet review. The celebration includes 21 foreign naval vessels from 14 countries, and delegations from 29 countries.

The opening ceremony ended with a show of fireworks. The PLA Navy was founded on April 23, 1949 with nine warships and 17 boats. Six decades later, it has developed into a modern maritime force.


Editor:Zhang Ning