The PRC Naval training ship PLAN Zhenghe 81 arrived in Papeete, French Polynesia on Thursday August 02, 2012 on a four day visit. She had departed from Guayaquil, Ecuador, her only South American port-of-call, before crossing the South Pacific to French Polynesia.
The PRC gives out very little information about the route or ports-of-call of the vessel most reasonably as a security precaution. With no independent Press in the PRC the only source of news is the Government - but then that has, except for FOX News, become the way of the Media in the United States of America as well !!