Two Chinese warships, including a guided missile destroyer, started a four-day visit to Turkey after they arrived in Istanbul on Sunday.
The Chinese warships and navy officers were greeted by Chinese ambassador to Turkey, Gong Xiaosheng, Turkish navy officers, and representatives from Chinese firms in Turkey.
This is the second time that Chinese navy paid an official visit to Turkey. The first time was in 2002.
Istanbul is Turkey’s biggest city with the Bosphorus Strait bordering Asia and Europe.
The Chinese navy soldiers will meet with their Turkish counterparts and hold series of programs to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries’ navy forces.
The Chinese warships will also launch a visit day for the Turkish public and deck party which will be attended by Turkish government officers.