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Chinese navy warships pull into Pearl Harbor

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 12:23 p.m. HST, Sep 06, 2013

Three Chinese navy ships pulled into Pearl Harbor this morning as the United States and China step up military-to-military contacts and exercises.

The visiting ships include the Qingdao, a Luhu-class destroyer; Linyi, a Jiangkai-class frigate; and Hongzehu, a Fuqing-class fleet oiler.

It was the first such port visit in seven years, and more than 100 Chinese from the local community enthusiastically greeted the ships with banners, small American and Chinese flags, and shouts of "Welcome!" in Chinese.

"I was told this is a big deal because the past few years the relationship between the U.S. and China is kind of tense, so this is kind of an icebreaker," said Kenneth Lee, a Honolulu resident with the Hawaii Mainland Chinese Overseas Association who was on the pier.

Hula and lion dancers performed for military and civilian dignitaries from both countries.

As the capstone to the port visit, all three ships will participate in a one-day search-and-rescue drill Monday with the cruiser USS Lake Erie "that will highlight the ability of the two nations to cooperate and communicate at sea," the Navy said.

The last port visit by People's Liberation Army Navy ships to Pearl Harbor (by the Qingdao and Hongzehu) was exactly seven years ago to the day on Sept. 6, 2006.

"This port visit is part of the U.S. Navy's ongoing effort to maximize opportunities for developing relationships with foreign navies as a tool to build trust, encourage multilateral cooperation, enhance transparency, and avoid miscalculation in the Pacific," the Navy said in a release.

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Ok here's my plan - we should invite all of the officers to a night at a luau, but really take them to a local hostess bar. Take some compromising pictures and blackmail them to becoming agents for us. We get the NSA to cater some food to the ships, huge trays of chicken katsu, sushi and other local food and provide some hula dancers to entertain the crew, when the ship's crew is distracted,the slip some high tech spying equipment on board. That's my plan to welcome our guest from China.
on September 6,2013 | 12:56PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Sucking up to Communist will not save us from Communism!
on September 6,2013 | 01:15PM
Usagi336 wrote:
The best way to stop the Chinese Navy is to sell them spare parts made in China.
on September 6,2013 | 01:57PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Sucking up these communist will not save us from these communist!
on September 6,2013 | 12:58PM
HD36 wrote:
They are communist in name only. Their economy has alot of capitalistic features including privae enterprise. The communists have loaned the US over $1 trillion. Bailing out the banks was Crony Capitalism, leading to Faxcism, and Socialism in the US.
on September 6,2013 | 03:02PM
waikane75 wrote:
Wow, I thought you only hated gay people. I guess Chinese are also on your list. Who do you actually like?
on September 6,2013 | 04:50PM
Porkchop wrote:
Why are we letting our future adversary in Pearl Harbor, I just don't get it! I hope they stood the rails when passing the Arizona!
on September 6,2013 | 01:25PM
fiveo wrote:
These military exchanges work to the benefit of both sides. We see their stuff and see how they perform and they get to see our stuff and learn how we perform. Will this mean we will not come into conflict in the future? Nope. We will continue to be adversaries but for now, all is well.
on September 6,2013 | 02:01PM
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