China Sends Sixth Naval Escort to the Gulf of Aden: PLA Conducts Live-Ammunition Training in the East China Sea: Xu Caihou Stresses Party Building in the PLA
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  • China has sent its sixth naval escort flotilla to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters on Wednesday last week. This flotilla is carrying more than 1,000 personnel, including Navy Special Forces troops, and will relieve the fifth flotilla which has been in the waters off the Somalia coast for more than three months.1

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is, at present, conducting an annual routine live-ammunition training in the East China Sea. Chinese Ministry of Defence, in its statement, said that the No. 91765 unit of the Navy's East China Sea Fleet had commenced the training off the coast of southeast China's Zhejiang Province on Wednesday last week.2

    On the foundation day of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xu Caihou, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the CPC and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), identified the task of carrying forward the fine tradition of the CPC and strengthening Party building in the PLA as a very important task. He stressed that this task should be carried out constantly.3