Three ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army have arrived in Victoria for a scheduled visit.
The replenishment ship Taihu and guided missile frigates Yancheng and Daqing anchored off Esquimalt yesterday.
According to a Canadian government press release, “Canada and China have a defence relationship based on senior-level dialogue as well as discussions and cooperation on defence issues including Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response, peace support operations, and military education”.
One of the ships will be open for public tours after it docks at Odgen Point later this week.
Public tour dates and times are as follows:
- Thursday, December 15, from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
- Friday, December 16, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, December 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The ships will come alongside at Ogden Point from December 15 to 19.
The last time ships from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army visited Victoria was in 2006.