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Vietnamese naval ships visit China's Nanhai Fleet

Update: June, 29/2013 - 00:00

Ships from the Vietnamese navy went on a visit to China.

People from the Chinese navy and the Vietnamese navy met with one another at a special ceremony.

The ships from the two different countries' navies also travelled around together.

By working together, China and Viet Nam hope to keep their sea waters safe.

 

Two Vietnamese naval ships arrived in the coastal city of Zhan Jiang in the Chinese southern province of Guangdong on June 25 in a courtesy visit to the region's municipal authorities and the High Command of the Nanhai Fleet.
Two Vietnamese naval ships arrived in the coastal city of Zhan Jiang in the Chinese southern province of Guangdong on June 25 in a courtesy visit to the region's municipal authorities and the High Command of the Nanhai Fleet. - Photo cadn

HA NOI (VNS)—Two Vietnamese naval ships arrived in the coastal city of Zhan Jiang in the Chinese southern province of Guangdong on June 25 in a courtesy visit to the region's municipal authorities and the High Command of the Nanhai Fleet.

The visit, by HQ 011 and HQ 012, forms part of a wider tour of China which took place on Vietnam's 15th joint patrol with Chinese naval forces.

Following a welcome ceremony hosted by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Nanhai Fleet, Zhang Chuan Shu, the Vietnamese sailors and officers attended a meeting with their Chinese colleagues.

Colonel Nguyen Duc Nho, the leader of the Vietnamese delegation, briefed his hosts on the itinerary of the joint patrol, which included several training exercises and drills on search and rescue operations at sea.

Since 2005, the Vietnamese Navy and the Nanhai Fleet have conducted the joint patrols in the Gulf of Tonkin, creating conditions for the two sides to share experience in search and rescue at sea.

Major General Zhang Zhao Yin, Deputy Commander of the Nanhai Fleet, spoke of the successful joint patrol and expressed his wish for the two countries' naval forces to continue their cooperation in delegation exchanges, joint patrols, personnel training and sea security discussion.

The same day, the Vietnamese sailors and officers visited the Zhan Jiang municipal People's Committee.

The joint patrol aims to strengthen the friendly relationship and the mutual understanding and trust between the two armies and navies of Vietnam and China, thus contributing to the maintaining of order and security in the Gulf of Tonkin and Vietnam's waters and reducing the risk of clashes at sea.—VNS

GLOSSARY

Two Vietnamese naval ships arrived in the coastal city of Zhan Jiang in the Chinese southern province of Guangdong on June 25 in a courtesy visit to the region's municipal authorities and the High Command of the Nanhai Fleet.

A courtesy visit is a visit that is a bit friendly and a bit business-like at the same time.

Following a welcome ceremony hosted by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Nanhai Fleet, Zhang Chuan Shu, the Vietnamese sailors and officers attended a meeting with their Chinese colleagues.

To host means to have visitors. If you have friends over to visit and offer them a meal, you host them. Similarly Zhang Chuan Shu hosted the welcome ceremony for China's friends from Viet Nam.

Colleagues are people one works with.

Colonel Nguyen Duc Nho, the leader of the Vietnamese delegation, briefed his hosts on the itinerary of the joint patrol, which included several training exercises and drills on search and rescue operations at sea.

A delegation is a group of people from one place who attend a meeting. In this case it's the group from Viet Nam.

To brief people means to talk to them, telling them about plans and arrangements.

An itinerary is a travel plan that includes where and when someone will travel. In this case it's where and when the Vietnamese and Chinese navy boats will travel together.

A patrol is a journey that takes place to have a look around in an area to check that everything is in order. A joint patrol is one that two different forces take together.

Drills are procedures that follow certain orders.

Major General Zhang Zhao Yin, Deputy Commander of the Nanhai Fleet, spoke of the successful joint patrol and expressed his wish for the two countries' naval forces to continue their cooperation in delegation exchanges, joint patrols, personnel training and sea security discussion.

Cooperation means working together.

Personnel are staff – the people who have jobs with a company or organisation.

The joint patrol aims to strengthen the friendly relationship and the mutual understanding and trust between the two armies and navies of Vietnam and China, thus contributing to the maintaining of order and security in the Gulf of Tonkin and Vietnam's waters and reducing the risk of clashes at sea.

If something is mutual, two people, or groups of people, do something together and it is good for both of them.

To contribute something means to offer it.

To maintain something means to keep it going.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following are true or false:

1.      The Chinese navy came on a visit to Viet Nam.

2.      The city of Zhan Jiang is in the south of China.

3.      The Gulf of Tonkin is between Singapore and Indonesia.

4.      Colonel Nguyen Duc Nho is from Viet Nam.

5.      The Nanhai Fleet is part of the Chinese navy.

 

ANSWERS:

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1. False; 2. True; 3. False; 4. True; 5. True.






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