DATA FIGURE: Philippine Logistics Support Ship Dagupan. (Image Source: China Navy Network)
China South China Sea News Network, Jan. 22, according to Philippine World Daily, 22, Philippine Navy will send warships for the first time to participate in the international ship reading style sponsored by China.
Philippine Navy Commander Robert Empedrad said in an interview with the media on the 21st that Chinas International Ship Reading is scheduled to take place in April, and the Philippine side is now planning to send a warship to participate.
The report mentions that this will be the first time that the Philippines has sent warships to participate in an international naval reading event hosted by China. The ship-reading ceremony in 2019 is part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Navy. It is reported that the ship-reading ceremony will be held in Qingdao waters on April 23.
Robert Empedrad accompanied Philippine Defense Minister Lorenzana to visit the Chinese Navys Wuhu Ship in Manila South Harbor on the 20th. The Wuhu warship is one of the three Chinese warships on a friendly visit to the Philippines. Chinese warships come with friendship, and we should at least be hospitable, Lorenzana said. We should also send some warships to visit China this year. He stressed that sending ships to visit is one of the measures to build mutual trust between China and the Philippines.
The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) naval missile frigate Handan and Wuhu warships arrived at Manila South Harbour Terminal on the 17th and launched a five-day friendly visit to the Philippines. Reported that this is the second visit of the Chinese naval formation to the Philippines since Philippine President Dutter took office. On April 30, 2017, China dispatched missile destroyers Changchun Ship, missile frigate Jingzhou Ship and Replenishment ship Chaohu Ship to dock at the port of Davo, Dutterts hometown.
From October 22 to 28, 2018, the first ASEAN-China Joint Military Exercise - Maritime Joint Exercise - 2018 was held between the Chinese Army and the 10 ASEAN armies in Zhanjiang and the East China Sea. At that time, the Philippine Navy dispatched the logistic support ship Dagupan City to participate.
Source: Author of Overseas Net: Liable Editor of Yao Ling: Li Xi_NN2587