Death of Liu Huaqing

January 14, 2011
Bejing, China

Father of modern Chinese navy dies at 95
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The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Liu Huaqing, the father of the modern Chinese navy, has died at age 95.

Liu died Friday morning of an undisclosed illness, state broadcaster CCTV said. No other details were given.

Liu commanded the People's Liberation Army Navy from 1982 to 1988 and is credited with revitalizing a coastal patrol force and setting it on course to becoming a powerful navy.

As commander, he laid out a strategy of building an offshore navy capacity by...

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