Chinese navy ships complete visit to the Philippines

Huang Panyue

DAVAO, The Philippines, May 2 (ChinaMil) -- A Chinese naval fleet on Tuesday left Davao City in southeastern Philippines after a three-day friendly visit.

The fleet, composed of the guided missile destroyer Changchun, guided missile frigate Jingzhou and supply ship Chaohuo, set sail from Shanghai on April 24 and will visit about 20 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania on a 180-day voyage.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited missile destroyer Changchun on Monday. He said the visit to the warship was part of the confidence building and goodwill between Manila and Beijing, according to a Xinhua news report Monday.

Sailors of the two navies held a series of cultural and sports activities including basketball matches. Representatives of the Philippine navy personnel and local residents, Chinese embassy staff and overseas Chinese visited missile frigate Jingzhou on Tuesday.

This is the first visit the Chinese PLA Navy ships have paid to Philippines since 2010, signaling greater mutual trust and reduced tensions in the South China Sea, officials and experts said.

After leaving Davao, the Chinese naval fleet is scheduled to head to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for a friendly visit.


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