Here is a picture of the crowd greeting Chinese ships on a visit to Sydney. It certainly looks spontaneous. It almost makes you wonder if the crowd has been directed there to bolster the PLA Navy’s morale.
Three People’s Liberation Army-navy ships will visit Australia this week on their return from the Gulf of Aden.
Canberra announced the visit as it concluded its 15th annual Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue.
“China is an important partner for Australia in the region, and we share a positive and constructive defence relationship,” Chief of the Defence Force general David Hurley said.
No indication in the announcement of where they will turn up. But in May, an Aussie warship docked in the China. This shows that, despite the impending regional competition between China, its neighbors and the US, Australia is definitively friends with everyone.