The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Chinese war ships weigh anchor at Yangon

A Chinese destroyer and frigate have docked in Yangon, and will stay for four days, in a show of diplomatic goodwill between Myanmar and China.

Two Chinese navy ships have arrived in Myanmar’s city of Yangon for a four-day visit on May 18, 2017. Zarni Phyo / The Myanmar TimesTwo Chinese navy ships have arrived in Myanmar’s city of Yangon for a four-day visit on May 18, 2017. Zarni Phyo / The Myanmar Times

Rear Admiral Shen Hao, deputy commander of the East Sea Fleet said the two ships, the Chang Chun and the Jing Zhou, arrived in Thilawa’s deep seaport yesterday and were welcomed by Charge d’Affaires Chen Chen from the Chinese Embassy, Chief of Myanmar’s naval dockyard headquarters Admiral Myint Oo and other naval officials.

“This visit is intended to develop relations between two nations. The relationship of the two navy commands will affect both nations and also the peace process,” said Admiral Shen Hao.

In September 2016, two Chinese frigates visited the port, which has hosted many of Myanmar’s allies in its history. This latest visit, which aims to strengthen strategic communication, is regarded as a significant exchange between the two countries. And this is also the fifth visit of the Chinese navy.

According to the Chinese embassy in Yangon, the fleet’s commanding officers are due to meet with senior officials of the government and other military leaders while the ships’ crew will carry out exchanges and interactions, such as training, dinners and friendship games, with their Myanmar counterparts.

The Chinese embassy also released a statement yesterday that the Chinese navy is there for friendship, peace, exchange and communication and this visit will enhance mutual understanding and promote the traditional friendship between the two countries and militaries.

“The PLA Navy is earnest in carrying out practical cooperation with other naval operators, including the Myanmar navy, to contribute to a harmonious world and to play a positive role in safeguarding world peace and stability,” said Rear Admiral Shen Hao.