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Chinese Ships Depart the DPRK

The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy band gives a performance at an outdoor theater in North Korea's eastern port city of Wonsan, Kangwon Province, on Aug. 7. (KCNA-Yonhap)

The PLA Navy ships Zheng He and Luoyang left the port of Wo’nsan on 8 August (Monday) after a four-day visit to the DPRK.  Over the weekend the PLA Navy band and the KPA Navy ensemble gave performances.  However, these were not the Chinese ships the DPRK was looking for.  Kyodo reports that in April the DPRK proposed some joint DPRK-PRC exercise in response to US-ROK joint military exercises.  According to this account, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) proposed that KPA officers be allowed to board Chinese submarines, however the Chinese rejected the proposal because it would interpreted as provocative to the US and ROK.

The crew of Luoyang, a training ship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, visit an agricultural university in North Korea's eastern port city of Wonsan, Kangwon Province, on Aug. 7. The boat, along with another training ship, the Zheng He, entered the port on Aug. 4. (KCNA-Yonhap)

One comment on “Chinese Ships Depart the DPRK

  1. Tad Farrell
    08/09/2011

    Yep interesting that they didn’t get the ships they wanted, but they still got a very good reception according to KCNA Korean News reports.

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