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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 498-00
August 10, 2000

TWO CHINESE NAVAL SHIPS TO VISIT PEARL HARBOR AND EVERETT, WASH.

Two naval vessels from the People's Republic of China (PRC) will make port visits to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Naval Station Everett, Everett, Wash., as part of a goodwill cruise to the United States.

The participating ships are Qingdao (DDG-113), a Luhu class guided-missile destroyer, and Taicang (AOR 575), a Fuqing class oiler. The crews will visit Pearl Harbor Sept. 5-8, and then Everett, Wash. Sept. 14-18. The senior People's Liberation Army (Navy) representative will be Rear Adm. Lu Fangqiu, the chief of staff of the North Sea fleet.

The U.S.-China relationship is of great importance to the long-term political, military, and economic interests of our nation. The navies are the two largest in the Asia-Pacific region. Interaction between them increases mutual understanding and confidence.

During the visits, Chinese and U.S. sailors will have the opportunity to interact and take unclassified tours of each other's ships. The Chinese will have the opportunity to learn more about the United States and experience the unique cultures in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.

For questions specifically about the activities in Hawaii and Everett, contact Navy Region Hawaii public affairs office at (808) 471-0281 and Navy Region Northwest public affairs office at (206) 526-3146 respectively.

Supporting information about the port visits is available on the internet at the Pacific Fleet website http://www.cpf.navy.mil .