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Navies of India, China conduct exercises off Chinese coast

world Updated: Apr 17, 2007 08:41 IST

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The navies of India and China on Monday held manoeuvres off the Chinese coast, enhancing mutual trust and inter-operability.

The Indian naval ships conducted the exercises with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Northern Sea Fleet off the eastern coast of China, official sources said in Beijing.

India's two naval ships INS Rana and INS Ranjit had arrived at the port city of Qingdao on April 12.

During the stay of the Indian naval ships in Qingdao, Vice Admiral Raman P Suthan and the Commanding Officers of INS Rana and INS Ranjit met Rear Admiral Su Shiliang, Commander of Chinese North Sea Fleet, and the Vice Mayor of Qingdao, Zeng Aimin.

Commander North Sea Fleet, Rear Admiral Su Shiliang, hosted a reception for the visiting Ships and the naval officers and sailors of the two countries visited each other's ships and held friendly sports competitions.

The Indian navy band gave a grand and enchanting performance at Qingdao's May Fourth Square for the locals.

Indian Ambassador to China, Nirupama Rao, emphasised the importance of India-China relations to the region and the whole world.

She stressed that communication; cooperation, concord, and co-existence are the building blocks of bilateral ties.

The visit of the Indian Naval Ships' builds on the momentum of exchanges between the two armed forces to deepen mutual understanding and trust. Such exchanges are part of the efforts to add further substance to the strategic and cooperative partnership between the two countries.