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Chinese navy to play bigger role on world stage


Source: | 04-22-2009 18:53

Special Report:   Chinese navy 60th anniversary

China will build on its naval strength to suit national interests, as well as protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The announcement comes from Defense Minister Liang Guanglie. The celebrations in Qingdao will also show the nation as a force for "peace, harmony and cooperation" at sea.

As CCTV reporter finds out, the latest moves in Chinese naval diplomacy at sea are part of its determination to play a bigger role on the world stage.

Foreign navy groups visit Chinese navy submarine.
Foreign navy groups visit Chinese navy submarine.

This isn't the first time in China for the US navy missile destroyer Fitzgerald, but today it's on a special mission. Its commanding officer says face-to-face communication with Chinese counterparts would be "much better than simply reading about them."

Richard Dromehauser, Commanding Officer of USS Fitzgerald, USA said "Thank you, Sir. We are honored to be here. It’s a fantastic opportunity for my crew and I."

Fitzgerald is attending the maritime parade along with other navies.

In a meeting between US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead and Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie, both sides stressed the importance of forging positive relations. Last month, Chinese boats tangled with a US surveillance ship in the South China Sea. The visit by Roughead is a sign of improving relations.