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Chinese Training Ship Zheng He To Stop In Fiji

The Chinese naval training ship Zheng He will make a brief stop in Fiji on December 16. On Wednesday 23rd November it arrived in Sydney for a four-day stop as
07 Dec 2016 10:55
Chinese Training Ship Zheng He To Stop In Fiji
Chinese naval training ship “Zheng He” docks at the Garden Island naval base in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 23, 2016. Chinese naval training ship “Zheng He” arrived at Sydney Harbor on Wednesday for a four-day stop, as part of its latest 68-day training exchange and goodwill voyage. Photo: Xinhua/Zhu Hongye.

The Chinese naval training ship Zheng He will make a brief stop in Fiji on December 16.

On Wednesday 23rd November it arrived in Sydney for a four-day stop as part of its latest training exchange and goodwill voyage for 68 days.

According to Xinhua the voyage has already taken the ship to Indonesia. After visiting Australia, the ship will head to New Zealand and make a brief stop in Fiji before returning home.

It said that Chinese Consul General in Sydney Gu Xiaojie greeted the crew of Zheng He, together with the Royal Australian Navy’s Commodore Warfare Malcolm Wise. An Australian naval band played at the head of a line of well-wishers waving Chinese and Australian flags.

Commander Yan Zhenming, who is leading the voyage of the high-seas-faring Chinese vessel named after the famous Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) explorer and fleet admiral, said the Sydney leg is part of a long-term training and global goodwill exchange program of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.

“One of our objectives is to allow our crew to experience the open seas and training in them. The friendship-building exchanges we have with other countries is also an important aspect of our trips,” Yan said.

The Zheng He training ship, built in the late 1980s, has made extensive long-distance voyages in the past three decades. It set sail from Lushun Harbor in Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning province on Oct. 24 for its latest journey.

The whole voyage is expected to cover 16,000 nautical miles, carrying 349 crew on board – including 169 trainees, of whom 17 are women. Two foreign trainees, from Australia and New Zealand, are also training with the Chinese crew.

“Naval exchanges like these are crucial for helping us understand better and develop ties with others,” Yan said.

The naval vessel left Sydney on November 27 for New Zealand.

 

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