Xi reviews display of China's naval prowess

By ZHAO LEI | China Daily | Updated: 2018-04-12 19:28
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Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, poses for a group photo with officers and soldiers on the missile destroyer Changsha on April 12, 2018.  [Photo/Xinhua]

After the parade, Xi watched the takeoff training executed by four J-15 carrierborne fighter jets from the Liaoning.

The last time the PLA Navy hosted a parade was in April 2009, when it celebrated its 60th birthday. Twenty-five Chinese ships and submarines and 31 naval aircraft as well as 21 vessels from 14 other countries participated in the parade off Qingdao, Shandong province. The parade was reviewed by former president Hu Jintao.

In another development, the military will perform livefire drills in the Taiwan Straits on Wednesday, according to an announcement of the Fujian Provincial Bureau of Maritime Safety.

The administration released the coordinates of the drill zone-a rectangular area off the province's eastern coast-on its website on Thursday, asking ships to stay out of the area.

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