Here comes the new era of German-Chinese relations
The ship involved is the "Bayern" frigate, the spokesperson told a news briefing, but did not identify the Chinese harbour. The vessel set sail from Germany last month for a six-month mission to the South China Sea.
China claims swathes of the South China Sea and has established military outposts on artificial islands in the waters that contain gas fields and rich fishing, but the territorial claims are contested by some Western nations.
Berlin has made it clear that the Bayern mission serves to stress the fact Germany does not accept Chinas claims, though officials have said the German navy will stick to common trade routes. read more
Russian and separatist flags flutter in the air as lively music blares and soldiers from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic sit listening to speeches. Members of the Russian nationalist Night Wolves motorcycle club mill around nearby.
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