Chinese navy ship visits Bulgaria for first time
|The frigate "Yantai" of the 11th Chinese naval escort flotilla arrives at the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Varna on Aug. 5, 2012. The frigate "Yantai" of the 11th Chinese naval escort flotilla on Sunday arrived at the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Varna to make a five-day goodwill visit. It is the first visit of Chinese navy ship in Bulgaria ever. (Xinhua/Chen Hang)|
VARNA, Bulgaria, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The frigate "Yantai" of the 11th Chinese navalescort flotilla on Sunday arrived at the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Varna to make afive-day goodwill visit.
It is the first visit of Chinese navy ship in Bulgaria ever.
The ship was greeted by thousands of people, many of them Chinese living in Bulgaria,while the Bulgarian Navy Orchestra played marches and the national anthems of thetwo countries.
Rear Admiral Xia Kewei, political commissar of the 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce,told the welcoming ceremony that he and the 259 men crew aboard "Yantai" came inVarna, bringing the deep friendly feelings the Chinese people and Chinese army to theBulgarian people and Bulgarian army.
Rear Admiral Xia said that during the visit contacts and exchanges with rich content willbe held with the Bulgarian counterpart.
He said he was convinced that the visit will encourage contacts between the navies oftwo countries and strengthen partnership relations between China and Bulgaria.
Jia Li, Chinese charge d'affaires in Bulgaria, told the ceremony that China has alwayspaid great attention to the traditional friendship with Bulgaria.
Jia said this friendly visit would deepen mutual trust and cooperation between Bulgariaand China, and open a new page for the prospective development of the bilateralrelations.
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