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Chinese hospital ship arrives today

By Louis B Homer

A Chinese naval hospital ship will arrive in Trinidad today to provide free medical attention to local citizens, says Yang Youming, Chinese Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.

The People's Liberation Army's 584-foot-long Peace Ark carries more than 100 medical volunteers providing free surgery, CT scans, eye care and other procedures.

The ship will dock close to the Hyatt hotel and will be here for seven days.

Yang said, "The visit is part of a global humanitarian mission to portray China's rapidly growing military as a responsible power." 

Officials from the Ministry of Health will be on hand to welcome the Chinese medics.

The floating hospital was launched three years ago and is making its second foreign trip, according to the Chinese Embassy. It is on a roughly 100-day journey around the Caribbean.

The Peace Ark has already visited Cuba and Jamaica where doctors and nurses attended to hundreds of nationals.

Chinese navy Lieutenant Commander Chen Yong Peng is team leader.

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