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According to the Australian "Sydney Morning Herald" report, on June 3, local time, three Chinese naval warships and more than 700 naval officers and soldiers arrived in Sydney for a friendly visit to Australia. According to media reports such as the British "Guardian", the Australian government did not announce the news of the Chinese warships in advance, so the Chinese navy's visit was quite surprising.
It is reported that the three Chinese warships are a missile frigate, a comprehensive supply ship and an amphibious dock landing ship, all docked at the Garden Island Naval Base, which is only a few hundred meters away from the Sydney Opera House. These three warships will be here. Stay for 4 days.
It can be seen from the pictures taken by the Australian media that the three warships are the amphibious dock landing ship Kunlun Mountain Ship, the missile frigate Xuchang Ship and the integrated supply ship Luoma Lake. After inquiring about the news of the People's Liberation Army, the three warships were the constituent ships of the 31st batch of escort formations of the Chinese Navy, with a total of more than 700 officers and men.
Australian government sources said the visit was planned well in advance after the 31st escort formation of the Chinese Navy ended its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters that the Chinese warship’s visit to Australia has been planned for some time. The visit was a reciprocal return visit because the Australian Navy’s ships had already visited China. Morrison also said that the visit may be a surprise for others, but it is certainly not an accident for the Australian government.
It is reported that in 2017, the Chinese naval warships also had a similar visit to Australia.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: Zaphod58
I am more concerned from the context of China's growing influence/puppeteering of Australian politicians. Australian media is also clearly concerned, as there is no shortage of TV shows from that country dramatizing just such suspicions.