Chinese fleet arrives on goodwill visit

Hsan Htoo Aung& Shine Lin Aung
A Chinese naval ship arrives at Thilawa Port in Yangon on May 18.

A Chinese naval fleet has arrived in Yangon on a four-day goodwill visit three days after leaving Penang, Malaysia. 

Under the navigation of a Myanmar Navy ship, the destroyer Chang Chun and the frigate Jing Zhou from Chinese naval fleet named East Sea arrived at Thilawa port in Yangon on Thursday.

They were welcomed by officials from the Chinese Embassy in Yangon and entertained with traditional Chinese dragon dances. 

Commander of Task Group 150 Rear Admiral Shen Hao said the visit was to promote bilateral contacts. 

"The relationship between China and Myanmar is very deep. They have had a long history. Economic relations are good. The two navies have very amicable relations. The Chinese naval fleet has arrived in Myanmar five times, including this time. We will meet government officials of Myanmar and exchange views on military affairs. We hope bilateral cooperation will lead to success," said the commander. 

During the visit, there will be several programmes such as joint exercises, study of the Chinese ships and a dinner onboard the ship.