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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.

The German navy's press kit handed out at the Bayern's departure from Wilhelmshaven in northwestern Germany on August 2 listed port calls in Djibouti, Karachi, Diego Garcia, Perth, Guam, Tokyo, Incheon, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, Colombo and Mumbai. While it will traverse the South China Sea, the Bayern will not sail within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-claimed features in the water, nor pass through the Taiwan Strait.

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