China to Deploy Ships off Somalia

China has announced definite plans to send warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect the country’s vessels from pirates:

The three Chinese ships, part of the country’s South Sea Fleet, will leave Sanya on Friday for the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia, Mr Hu said.

Their main mission would be to protect the safety of Chinese vessels and their crews in the region, as well as protecting vessels delivering humanitarian aid international organisations, he added.

The defence ministry spokesman said the ships would abide strictly to the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and international law, and would be willing to co-operate with other convoy protection ships from concerned countries.

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