|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.