BEIJING - China’s State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi who is currently visiting China to participate in the multinational naval activities marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
During the meeting, Admiral Abbasi said that Pakistan cherishes its traditional friendship with China and thanks for China’s support and assistance, according to Chinese media here on Monday.
Pakistan, he said, is willing to further strengthen high-level exchanges and strategic communication with China and actively push forward bilateral military-to-military relations. The Chinese Navy is currently holding a series of multinational naval activities in Qingdao and nearby waters to celebrate its birthday. These will include a joint sea parade, high-level symposiums, public tours of ships, military music performances and other cultural exchanges.
Naval delegations from more than 60 countries and ships from more than 10 foreign navies are taking part in the events.
The Chinese Navy will display 32 warships and 39 aircraft in the parade, including China’s first aircraft carrier, the CNS Liaoning, and the newest nuclear submarines and destroyers, as well as fighter jets.
It may be mentioned here that the PLA Navy was founded on April 23, 1949, in the township of Baimamiao, Jiangsuprovince. In 1989, April 23 was designated as the Navy’s foundation day.