Chinese President Hu Jintao (R), also chairman of the Central
Military Commission, shakes hands with Canadian navy Rear-Admiral Tyrone Pile in
Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on April 23, 2009. Hu Jintao met here
Thursday with heads of foreign navy delegations attending celebrations marking
the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army
(PLA) Navy. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)
QINGDAO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- China's armed forces, including the People's
Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, will always be an important force in safeguarding
world peace and development, and China will never be a threat to other nations,
Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Thursday.
China would never seek hegemony, nor would it turn to military expansion or
arms races with other nations, President Hu, also chairman of the Central
Military Commission, said during a meeting with heads of 29 foreign navy
The delegations were here to participate in celebrations for the 60th
anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy.
Hu said China will unswervingly stick to the road of peaceful development,
which demands China to adhere to its defensive national defense policy.
The road of peaceful development is a strategic choice made by the Chinese
government and people in the line of the nation's peace-loving traditional
culture, the trend of our times and the fundamental interests of China, Hu said.
He noted that cooperation and exchanges between naval forces of different
countries are key to build a "harmonious ocean," which is the theme of the
The PLA Navy had carried out a series of cooperation and exchange missions
with its foreign counterparts and enhanced friendship and mutual understanding
since China began its reform and opening up drive, Hu said.
The PLA Navy will be more open and practical in international maritime
security cooperation in the future and unremittingly work towards the goal of
building an harmonious ocean, Hu continued.
International maritime security cooperation must observe the principals of
international relations established by the United Nations Charter and the United
Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, he said.
Hu urged the nations to respect each other's sovereignty and interests and
to seek mutual development while combating conventional and unconventional
threats in the oceans and protecting maritime safety.
Speaking for the foreign navy delegations, Admiral Julio Soaresde Moura
Neto, commander of the Brazilian navy, thanked Hu for his meeting and
congratulated the PLA Navy for its 60th anniversary.
He also expressed his appreciation of the efforts by the Chinese government
and the PLA Navy in building a harmonious ocean.
Vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong, Chinese
Defense Minister Liang Guanglie, PLA Navy Commander Admiral Wu Shengli and Chen
Bingde, Chief of the General Staff of PLA, attended the