China launches naval fleet to tour 20 nations - UPI.com
UPI reports: "The Chinese navy has launched a fleet to tour more than 20 countries in the next six months, China News Service reported.[...]
For the next 180 days, the group will travel to more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.
The naval ships are expected to conduct exercises that include escorting other ships, training and patrolling. [...] the deployment of the fleet is aligned with Chinese President Xi Jinping's 'Belt and Road' initiative: an international trade and infrastructure project that will connect China's coastal regions to Africa, Asia and the Middle East through a maritime route."