The Chinese military said on Thursday that it “always attached importance” to relations with the Indian and Pakistani counterparts and was ready to make more efforts to advance the ties, but kept silent over the absence of ships from its all-weather ally at the fleet review of the 70th anniversary celebrations of China’s navy.
Two Indian battle ships, including INS Kolkata – the biggest indigenously built stealth destroyer – along with INS Shakti – one of biggest fleet support ships – took part in the fleet review at Qingdao on April 23 which was presided over by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Significantly, conspicuous by their absence were the ships of Pakistan Navy at the parade.
The Pakistan Navy reportedly could not send its ships to PLAN’s most celebrated moment despite the all-weather relations due to the recent Indo-Pak hostilities after the deadly Pulwama terror attack in February. Read More