Thu, April 23, 2009
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President Hu boards PLA Navy destroyer for fleet review

2009-04-23 04:11:00 GMT2009-04-23 12:11:00 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's missile destroyer Shijiazhuang is ready to join the PLA naval fleet parade marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on April 23, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's missile destroyer Shijiazhuang sets out for the sea to take part in the PLA naval fleet parade marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy, in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on April 23, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

Locals wait for the start of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) naval fleet parade and a fleet review of 21 vessels from 14 foreign countries in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on April 23, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's missile destroyer Shijiazhuang waits to join the PLA naval fleet parade marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on April 23, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's missile destroyer Shijiazhuang waits to join the PLA naval fleet parade marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on April 23, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

QINGDAO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao boarded the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy destroyer Shijiazhuang at noon for an international fleet review slated for later Thursday.

President Hu, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, was accompanied by PLA Navy Commander Admiral Wu Shengli and others.

The PLA fleet parade, featuring the debut of China's nuclear submarines, and the fleet review of 21 foreign vessels from 14 countries will be held off the coast of Qingdao to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy.

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