Indian war ships in rare parade with Chinese who display powerful destroyer
President Xi Jinping spoke of international maritime cooperation as China displayed the first of a new generation of guided missile destroyers on Tuesday at a naval parade to mark the 70th anniversary of China’s navy in the Yellow off China’s eastern coast.Updated: Apr 23, 2019 19:58 IST
Hindustan Times, Beijing
President Xi Jinping spoke of international maritime cooperation as China displayed the first of a new generation of guided missile destroyers on Tuesday at a naval parade to mark the 70th anniversary of China’s navy in the Yellow sea off China’s eastern coast.
Two Indian battleships, stealth destroyer, INS Kolkata, and supply vessel, INS Shakti were part of the parade, which saw 16 other ships from 12 other countries participate in the parade through rain and mist off the Qingdao coast.
“A total of 32 vessels of the People’s Liberation Army Navy sailed in six groups, and 39 warplanes of the Navy flew in ten echelons,” official news agency, Xinhua said in a report from the port city.
Commenting on Indian navy’s rare public appearance in the Chinese navy’s event military expert, Yue Gang, said Indian and Chinese navies have different advantages and should not confront each other.
“The number of Chinese warships is four times that of India. (But) Indian warships in the Indian Ocean have a superior geographical advantage. It is difficult for both sides to win completely,” Yue said.
“India and China are immovable neighbours. They are better off in peace than in competition. Cooperation is a win-win situation, and both sides will lose in confrontation,” he said.
“Both China and India have benefited from the Indian Ocean region. It is necessary to carry out cooperation and coordination to avoid mistrust. The countries have carried out preliminary security cooperation at sea. The main projects include maritime search and rescue exercises and the anti-piracy joint escort of The Gulf of Aden,” Yue said.
“In the future, the two countries will have the opportunity to establish a wide range of cooperation in anti-terrorism, humanitarian relief, submarine wreck rescue, and UN peacekeeping,” he said.
Meanwhile, at the parade, China’s first domestically produced aircraft carrier, which is still unnamed and undergoing sea trials, was not present, though the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning led the Chinese ships, state media report.
Earlier, at a gathering of foreign and Chinese naval officers and guests, Xi said the navies of the world should work together to protect maritime peace and order.
“The Chinese people love and long for peace, and will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development,” Xi said.
“Everyone should respect each other, treat each other as equals, enhance mutual trust, strengthen maritime dialogue and exchanges, and deepen pragmatic cooperation between navies,” he added.
“There cannot be resorts to force or threats of force at the slightest pretext,” Xi said.
The parade took place in the backdrop of China’s ongoing maritime disputes with countries in Southeast Asia over competing claims on the South China Sea.
First Published: Apr 23, 2019 19:57 IST