外文标题：Chinese 'hospital' in Mumbai to strengthen military diplomacy
BEIJING: China has intensified its military diplomacy with India with a 300-bed Navy hospital, 'Peace Ark' of the People's Liberation Army, which arrived at the Mumbai port on Tuesday afternoon. The ship will provide six days of medical treatment after handling 1,800 patients during a seven-day stay at the Karachi port.
The decision to send the hospital ship, which has been touring the world since 2007, was finalized during the recent visit of defense minister AK Antony to Beijing. India had earlier tried its brand of military diplomacy when an aircraft laden with medical goods reached the earthquake affected area of Sichuan province in China in 2008.
The 'Peace Ark' ship will also help connect the Chinese government with its citizens by providing medical services to Chinese people working in India besides carrying out exchanges and cooperation with Indian counterparts.
The hospital ship, which has eight operation theatres and 20 intensive care units, is an emergency medical support platform independently designed and built by China, official sources said. It is capable of providing treatment and evacuation to injured and sick personnel on the sea, and medical support for troops stationed at islands.
Hmmm.... a floating hospital, people should build more of these rather than ships with guns
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'Peace Ark' on a spy mission. They will be collecting the intel from Paki ISI and Maoists while their 6 days stay.
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Mohan. Dudani (Pune)
Will 'It be Method to Plant Spies in India?'
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Morgan (Australia) replies to Mohan.
The current method they employ is cheaper and easier, bribing Indian politicians.
Chinese could be dropping terrorists in guise of 'Peace Ark' Mission, to Mumbai after picking them up at Karachi.
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Observer (LAC) replies to Aryabhata
Just like the Chinese disguised their spy drones, that "violated Indian air space over a period of 6 months", as planets Jupiter and Venus. But why didn't the invincible jawans shoot them down? Lol.
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Morgan (Australia) replies to Aryabhata
LOL - the Chinese don't use terrorists to accomplish their aims, at least not Chinese ones, they're more likely to fund/sponsor third parties for that sort of thing. Otherwise, it looks bad.
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Drs Ravi Sharma (Atlanta, USA)
Chinese Premier Li came with a olive branch recently. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should also also take an olive brnach to Beijing. I hope President Ji is the guest of honour at Indians Independence Day celebrations next year. India companies will also get many contracts to develop infrastructure projec ts in China shortly.
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Gangadharan Chandroth (Kannur (Cannanore), India)
Very nice, China can win war with out fighting.
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kalpesh dhebar (Vadodara)
India can give medical treatments to Chines people. Dragon ship is not wanted.
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Morgan (Australia) replies to kalpesh dhebar
India has a very poor record of healthcare in the region. Even though it has theoretical universal healthcare, malnutrition remains at a high 40% for children, about 1.5 million babies die before reaching age 1 and India has the third highest rate of HIV infection in the world.
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Designed and Built in China, and now doing "soft diplomacy" Good job, PLA.