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Chinese Navy holds open-day event at coastal ports to mark founding anniversary

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Chinese Navy holds open-day event at coastal ports to mark founding anniversary
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Chinese Navy holds open-day event at coastal ports to mark founding anniversary

2024-04-22 09:20 Last Updated At:12:07

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is hosting an open-day event in multiple coastal cities including the eastern city of Qingdao to mark the 75th anniversary of its founding on April 23.

From April 20 to 24, the public has the opportunity to board several Navy vessels, including missile destroyers Guiyang, Shijiazhuang and Kaifeng, missile frigate Handan, supply ship Kekexilihu, and submarine rescue vessel Hongzehu at the pier 3 and the Qingdao International Sailing Center pier. Most of the vessels have been involved in major international missions such as escort mission in the Gulf of Aden, overseas port visits and joint exercises.

Visitors can also engage with navy personnel during the event.

"The public's enthusiasm for the PLA Navy and ships is beyond my imagination. People’s love for the Navy is beyond my imagination. At the same time, their support for the PLA Navy also gives us more confidence in our future development," said Che Fengsheng, a sailor of Shijiazhuang Destroyer.

The open-day event coincides with the ongoing Western Pacific Naval Symposium starting Sunday, a four-day gathering of naval officials from 29 countries, including the U.S. and Russia.

"The international society has recognized both the power and the Chinese behavior [of the Chinese Navy]. The PLA Navy has carried out international missions to shoulder the international responsibilities," said Zhang Junshe, a military expert.

The symposium will cover a wide range of topics from the Global Security Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2022 and maritime order to international law and global maritime governance.

"Security is the precondition of our development, and the development is the first priority for all the countries in the region. Asia has been peaceful for many years, and this is conducive to the development of all countries in this region. So we attach great importance to peace," Zhang said.

Apart from Qingdao, similar open-day activities are also taking place at Navy barracks in other cities like Dalian, Yantai, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Zhanjiang, Haikou and Sanya in east and south China.

Chinese Navy holds open-day event at coastal ports to mark founding anniversary

Chinese Navy holds open-day event at coastal ports to mark founding anniversary

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

2024-05-22 09:04 Last Updated At:10:37

The Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 35,647, health authorities in the Palestinian enclave said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Over the past 24 hours, the Israeli army killed 85 Palestinians and wounded 200 others, bringing the total death toll to 35,647 and injuries to 79,852 since the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out on October 7, 2023.

The health authorities also said that many casualties remain buried under the rubble, making it difficult for medical emergency and civil defense personnel to carry out rescue operations.

The Israeli army said in a statement that drones and fighter aircraft bombed nearly 70 "terrorist targets" in the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours, including military buildings, weapons depots, warehouses, rocket launchers, surveillance units, and other military infrastructure.

Israeli forces killed a number of militants in the Jabalia area of the northern Gaza Strip, including a "terrorist group" that was shooting at soldiers, read the statement.

It added that Israeli forces were continuing their operations in the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah, where a drone killed a "terrorist" who was firing mortar shells at Israeli soldiers.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Tuesday that the Israeli military and Military Intelligence Directorate launched a joint military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin earlier Tuesday.

According to information from Israeli intelligence agencies, Palestinian armed personnel were active in the area. During the operation, the Israeli military engaged in firefights with the Palestinian armed personnel and destroyed a significant amount of infrastructure.

The Palestinian health ministry issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that on that day, the Israeli military killed seven Palestinians and injured 12 others in Jenin and the nearby refugee camp. Two of the injured are in serious condition.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

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