Chinese naval warships wrap up visit to East Timor

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-01-21 17:55


Ye Jianlin, political commissar of the Chinese naval Task Force 152, shakes hands with representatives of Chinese nationals and overseas Chinese at Dili Port on January 20, 2016. (Photo by Dai Zongfeng)

DILI, January 21 (ChinaMil) -- The Task Force 152 of the Chinese PLA Navy, which is on a global voyage, wrapped up its successful good-will visit to East Timor and left the port of Dili for Indonesia at 16:00 on the afternoon of January 20, 2016.

During its visit to East Timor, the Chinese naval Task Force 152 held activities including a warship open day and a deck reception. The two navies visited each other’s warships, exchanged anti-terrorism experience and had a friendly football match and a friendly basketball match.

Wang Jianxun, commanding officer of the Chinese naval Task Force 152, met with East Timor’s Minister for Defense and commander of the Timor Leste Defense Force. Ye Jianlin, political commissar of the naval task force, visited a local primary school and led a team to conduct health examinations for students.

The Chinese naval task force received great concern and attention from top leaders of the East Timor government and the military during its stay at Dili Port.

Former president and Minister for Defense of East Timor visited the guided-missile destroyer Jinan of the naval Task Force 152 and held talks with leaders of the task force. During the talks, former East Timor President Xanana Gusmão said, "The global visit of the Chinese navy shows the world the Chinese philosophy for peace and friendship."

China-funded institutions and Chinese nationals and overseas Chinese came from all around East Timor to see Chinese warships.

Wang Jianxun said during an interview that officers and soldiers of the Chinese naval task force felt the hospitality of the East Timorese people and the military. The visit to East Timor let them feel the sincere and profound friendship between the two peoples and militaries.

Liu Hongyang, China's ambassador to East Timor, said that this visit is a milestone in the diplomatic and military relations between China and East Timor. The pragmatic exchanges and cooperation among the two armed forces will open a new chapter after this visit.

Major General Lere Anan Timor, commander of theTimor Leste Defense Force said, "I look forward to the visit of Chinese naval vessels again."

East Timor is the 13th stop of naval Task Force 152’s global visit. As planned, next, the task force will pay a good-will visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.

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