Thursday, August 2, 2012

SUMMER VISITS

PLAN Yantai 538

Continuing its around the world visits this Summer the PLAN Yantai 538 of the 11th. Naval Escort Flotilla arrived in Constanta, Romania on July 31, 2012 for a five day visit.  These visits are notable for several reasons namely building relationships with the nations visited, arranging to use their Ports as "ports-of-call", fleet support bases, making contact and supporting the Chinese communities in all the countries the PLAN vessels call at. 


Also if one plots the ports-of-call they surround the east, south and west borders of Russia.  The Chinese and in particular the PRC have long coveted Russia as a place to expand its population into (living-room) and for its natural resources.  Thus together with the PRC expansion into the East China Sea and South China Sea a long held dream of the Chinese is being fulfilled with no really effective counter measures from anyone.


Good Watch.

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