Warships from Australia and India Reach China to Participate in the Naval Parade
April 21 , 2019
On Sunday, warships from Australia and India arrived at Qingdao port city of China to participate in the naval parade, organized to celebrate 70th year of People’s Liberation Army Navy's foundation on Tuesday. It is seen as a significant step amidst regional tensions and suspicions as India responded positively to the goodwill gesture of China. Reports say warships from 13 countries will participate in the naval parade and PLA is geared up to give them a warm welcome. India (which is at odds with China regarding the latter’s support for Pakistan and the disputed land border) has responded to China’s goodwill gesture by sending “INS Kolkata” (the stealth guided-missile destroyer) along with the supply ship to participate in the parade. While Australia sent “HMAS Melbourne” guided-missile frigate, Japan sent its destroyer for participation in the Chinese naval parade.