Panetta Meets with Chinese Vice Admiral, Tours Naval Vessels in Qingdao, China

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is greeted by Chinese Vice Adm. Tian Zhong, commander of the People's Liberation Army's Navy North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. Panetta visited with defense counterparts in Beijing before traveling to Auckland, New Zealand, during a weeklong trip to the Asia-Pacific region. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks with Chinese Vice Adm. Tian Zhong, commander of the People's Liberation Army's Navy North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks through an honor cordon at the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Navy North Sea Fleet headquarters in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta meets with Chinese Vice Adm. Tian Zhong, commander of the People's Liberation Army's Navy North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • Chinese Vice Adm. Tian Zhong, commander of the People's Liberation Army's Navy North Sea Fleet, meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta meets with Chinese Vice Adm. Tian Zhong, commander of the People's Liberation Army's Navy North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chinese Vice Adm. Tian Zhong, commander of the People's Liberation Army's Navy North Sea Fleet, board a Chinese 054A frigate in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Leon E. Panetta receives an escort through an honor cordon after boarding a Chinese 054A frigate in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • A Chinese sailor stands in an honor cordon for U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta aboard a Chinese 054A frigate in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signs the guest book after touring a Chinese 054A frigate in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signs the guest book after touring a Chinese 054A frigate in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is presented with a plaque by the ship captain after touring a Chinese 054A frigate in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • Chinese sailors pipe U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta aboard a Chinese 039 submarine in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta disembarks from a Chinese 039 submarine in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • Chinese press gather around U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta as he signs the guest book after touring a Chinese 039 submarine in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signs the guest book after touring a Chinese 039 submarine in Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta boards an U.S. Air Force E4-B aircraft at the end of his visit to Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta waves good-bye at the end of his visit to Qingdao, China, Sept. 20, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo