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Representatives From Over 60 Countries Arrived in China for Intl Naval Parade

© AP PhotoSoldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy watch as the USS Blue Ridge arrives at a port in Shanghai, Friday, May 6, 2016
Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy watch as the USS Blue Ridge arrives at a port in Shanghai, Friday, May 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
QINDAO, China (Sputnik) - Representatives from the navy of 61 countries arrived in the Chinese eastern port city of Qingdao in order to attend the international parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong said.

China is hosting a range of military events on 22-25 April. The international naval parade will take place on Tuesday and will involve 20 ships from 11 countries alongside 32 ships and 39 planes from the PLA Navy.

"It is a great honor for us to welcome our friends from the naval forces of 61 countries to Qingdao today to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the PLA Navy," Shen said.

The organization of such a large-scale event with the participation of foreign visitors from around the world is aimed primarily at expanding exchanges between naval forces of different countries, strengthening mutual trust and cooperation, the chief of the Chinese Navy underlined.

"Ten years ago, when we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the naval forces of China, 29 countries participated in the celebrations, today it is 71, which fully demonstrates how our interaction has deepened and our friendship has become stronger," Shen added.

#India’s Naval band bringing down the house at the #Qingdao Fleet Review, busting out #MichaelJackson’s Thriller. They followed this up with Uptown Funk. Bangladesh though got the local vote w/ a Karaoke version of 月亮代表我的心 🎤 #China pic.twitter.com/KwKdSBoiyG

The Russian delegation is headed by the deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, Adm. Alexander Vitko. High-ranking representatives from Canada, Germany, India, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom are also in attendance at the event.

The Russian naval group will be led by the Admiral Gorshkov multirole long-range frigate of the eponymous class, also known as Project 22350.

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Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov  - Sputnik International
Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov
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