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German frigate heads to South China Sea; seeks to dock at Shanghai

On maiden Indo-Pacific voyage, Bayern treads politically difficult waters

A ceremony in the northern German port of Wilhelmshaven to mark the departure of the Bayern frigate on its maiden Indo-Pacific voyage on August 2. (Photo by Jens Kastner)

WILHELMSHAVEN, Germany -- 15 days into the maiden Indo-Pacific voyage of the German navy's Bayern frigate, its captain is still awaiting for an answer from Beijing on whether the vessel will be allowed to make a port call in Shanghai.

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