China continues fighting pirates
China will continue to send naval fleets on escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia
China continues fighting pirates off Africa
China will continue to send naval fleets on escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia, described by a Chinese naval officer as the nation’s international obligation.
The pirates in the area have become more violent and are brazen in using weapons. Reinforcing escort forces is a real need and a long-term mission, Ding Yiping, deputy commander in the Chinese Navy, said on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of China’s first such escort mission.
In the past five years, China has sent 16 fleets composed of 42 warships to the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia, escorting 5,465 vessels and rescuing 42 ships attacked by the pirates, said Ding.
A total of 13,214 marines have participated in the escort missions.