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China Marks Maritime Day

by Mary Swire, for LawAndTax-News.com, Hong Kong

13 July 2006


The Chinese authorities on Tuesday celebrated the country's second Maritime Day, drawing the attention of the Chinese populace to the three million square kilometres of 'blue territory' held by the People's Republic.

The event was launched last year, and the date was chosen to mark the 600th anniversary of the ocean voyages of Zheng He, the Ming Dynasty navigator that research suggests led Chinese fleets on seven ocean voyages six centuries ago.

Commenting in a letter on the ceremony, Vice Premier Huang Ju called for further development of the nation's ocean shipping, maritime exploitation and shipbuilding industries, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

Xinhua also quoted Communications Minister Li Shenglin as telling those attending the ceremony in Shanghai that ocean shipping is the most effective and environmentally-friendly mode of international transport, and its development is an important national strategy.


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