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Indian, Australian warships arrive in China for naval parade

Updated : 2019-04-21 12:57:41

Warships from India, Australia and several other nations arrived in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday to attend a naval parade, part of a goodwill visit as China extends the hand of friendship despite regional tensions and suspicions. China on Tuesday will mark 70 years since the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy, where it will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a major review in the waters off Qingdao. China says warships from about a dozen nations are also taking part - one diplomatic source with direct knowledge said it was 13 countries in total - and the PLA is putting its best foot forward to welcome them. India, which has been at odds with China over their disputed land border and Beijing's support for India's regional rival Pakistan, has sent stealth guided-missile destroyer the "INS Kolkata" to take part, along with a supply ship. A source familiar with the situation told Reuters the "Kolkata" had sailed through the Taiwan Strait to get to Qingdao, a sensitive waterway that separates China from self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as sacred Chinese territory.

Chinese navy personnel moor the Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Chinese navy personnel moor the Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
The Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata arrives at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
The Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata arrives at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
The Royal Australian Navy's Adelaide class guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (III) arrives at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
The Royal Australian Navy's Adelaide class guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (III) arrives at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
A Japanese military flag is seen at the back of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Suzutsuki (DD 117) as it arrives at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
A Japanese military flag is seen at the back of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Suzutsuki (DD 117) as it arrives at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy soldiers wave Chinese flags next to a model of a military vehicle carrying anti-ship missiles, during an event marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy on April 23, at the navy museum in Qingdao, Shandong province, China April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy soldiers wave Chinese flags next to a model of a military vehicle carrying anti-ship missiles, during an event marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy on April 23, at the navy museum in Qingdao, Shandong province, China April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
A child wearing sailor costume shows a salute gesture to other children as they attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on April 23, at the navy museum in Qingdao, Shandong province, China April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
A child wearing sailor costume shows a salute gesture to other children as they attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on April 23, at the navy museum in Qingdao, Shandong province, China April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
The Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata arrives at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
The Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata arrives at Qingdao Port for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), in Qingdao, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
China on Tuesday will mark 70 years since the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy, where it will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a major review in the waters off Qingdao. REUTERS/Jason Lee
China on Tuesday will mark 70 years since the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy, where it will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a major review in the waters off Qingdao. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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