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|BEIJING Mike Green Jersey , Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A locomotive commemorating late Chinese leader Mao Zedong clocked 10 million kilometers on Thursday, equal to about 250 laps around the equator.
The locomotive, named after Mao, travels between Beijing and Changsha, capital of Hunan Province Gordie Howe Jersey , where Mao was born on December 26, 1893. It pulled into Beijing Railway Station around 2:16 p.m. Thursday.
A gilded image of Mao at the front of the locomotive makes it stand out from other trains.
The locomotive was approved by the central committee of the Communist Party on Oct. 30, 1946, when China was still in civil war and rail services were urgently needed to transport men and military supplies.
Mao's name was meant to raise morale and deter enemy forces, said Liu Enlu Detroit Red Wings Jerseys , deputy Party secretary of the Fengtai District section of the Beijing Railway Bureau, to which the locomotive belongs.
In recent decades, the locomotive has changed engines six times, first from steam engine to diesel, and later to an electricity-powered engine.
An earlier version of the Mao image on the train was made of copper and weighed 370 kilograms. Now the gilded portrait is made of carbon fiber and weighs only 90 kilograms to enable higher speeds.
The locomotive started to pull passenger trains in 2014.
"The crew on board the train have a strong sense of honor Jonathan Ericsson Red Wings Jersey , pride, and dedication to duty," said Liu Yufeng, 35-year-old chief operator of the train. Liu is the 12th chief driver.
"Only the best rail workers can work aboard the Mao Zedong train. It continues to inspire us to perform our best and achieve our goals," he said.
Four crew members have been elected deputies to the National People's Congress in the 69 years since the train started operations.
It has a perfect security record and has transported a huge amount of freight and passengers.
Chinese President Xi Jinping wears a garland after being welcomed upon his arrival at the Manila international airport ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Manila on Tuesday. Asia-Pacific leaders arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday for a meeting meant to foster trade unity. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama's visit to a Philippine naval frigate on Tuesday is a provocative gesture to hype the South China Sea issue ahead of a major meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Manila Darren Helm Red Wings Jersey , Chinese observers said Tuesday.
Obama arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, where he will participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (G20-and-APEC" target="_blank">APEC) meeting in Manila, scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday.
Shortly after Air Force One touched down in Manila, Obama boarded the Gregorio del Pilar, a Philippines navy frigate that was a US Coast Guard cutter until 2011 Martin Frk Red Wings Jersey , but on Tuesday flew the flags of the two allies, AFP reported.
The vessel is now a mainstay of the Philippine Navy, operating around the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea that are claimed by both Manila and Beijing.
Obama also announced two more US ships would be transferred to the Philippines as part of a two-year $250 million package to enhance regional maritime security, one a research vessel o help navigate territorial waters and a coast guard cutter for "long endurance patrols."
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"Obama's visit to the Philippine navy flagship is definitely a political gesture and a provocation to China," Liu Feng Henrik Zetterberg Red Wings Jersey , a Hainan-based expert on the South China Sea, told the Global Times.
Liu said he believes the ship visit is in preparation for hyping up South China Sea disputes at the APEC meeting.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said earlier that the APEC meet would focus on economic cooperation and would not touch on the South China Sea issue.
But Mark Toner, US State Department spokesperson, said on November 10 that the South China Sea issue would likely come up on the sidelines of the meeting if it is not on the main agenda, Reuters reported.
"The US wants to seize the chance to discuss the South China Sea at the meeting and does not want the topic to fade away. Obama's visit to the navy vessel is meant to draw public attention while many other APEC members showed little intention of raising the issue at the meeting Anthony Mantha Red Wings Jersey ," Liu added.
Gu Xiaosong, an expert on Southeast Asian studies at the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that the US is taking this opportunity to encourage its allies to stand against China on the South China Sea.
"The US is not satisfied with its allies' effort in counterbalancing China's influence. By sending the president onboard a Philippine navy vessel, the US wants to reiterate its stance on the South China Sea issue and call on its allies to stand against China," Gu said.
The US has had a tiger by the tail ever since it proposed raising the South China Sea issue at the meeting. The US does not want its allies to doubt its influence in the South China Sea Jimmy Howard Red Wings Jersey , so it has to prevail over all dissenting views from relevant countries to insist on provoking China, Liu said.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Tuesday that China was the real victim in the South China Sea dispute as "dozens" of its islands and reefs have been illegally occupied by three of the claimants in the dispute. He did not name any countries.
"The Chinese government has the right and the ability to recover the islands and reefs illegally occupied," Liu told reporters in Beijing. "But we haven't done this. We have maintained great restraint with the aim to preserve peace and stability."
Liu said China should deal with issues in the South China Sea at Considering residen.