Chinese ships will fight pirates in Gulf of Aden

December 18, 2008

China (ChattahBox) — On Wednesday the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution allowing foreign military forces to pursue pirates on land in Somalia, though Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said the time is not right for such a mission.

In the meantime China has announced it is to send naval ships to fight rampant piracy in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia.  China’s navy, along with the rest of its military, does not often stray far from home.

However four or five Chinese ships pass through the Gulf of Aden every day and seven Chinese ships or crews have been attacked in the busy shipping channel this year according to reports.

The announcement came as the captain of a Chinese cargo ship that was attacked Wednesday in the gulf said his crew had used beer bottles, fire hoses and homemade incendiary bombs to battle a gang of pirates that had boarded his vessel. Malaysian naval forces stepped in to eventually foil the attempt.

The latest operation is a first for Beijing, which has until now pursued a policy of military non-interference.

The state-run Global Times newspaper said two destroyers and one supply ship would depart from a Chinese naval base on Hainan island after 25 December.

But China’s military spending has increased dramatically in recent years as its armed forces undergo a thorough modernization, our correspondent says.

The US and Japan, are among those who have expressed increasing concern about the country’s rapid military expansion.


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