Somalia

Vietnam Protests Chinese Naval Exercises

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has protested against Chinese military drills in the South China Sea: Xinhua News Agency (China) on February 25th reported that the 8th Chinese naval escort fleet had on February 24th...

Chinese Admiral Floats Idea Of Overseas Naval Bases

From Reuters: A Chinese rear admiral has urged the nation to set up navy supply bases overseas in an interview posted on the Ministry of Defense website after China paid ransom to free a ship held for nine weeks by Somali...

Hijacked Chinese Bulk Carrier Rescued

From Xinhua: A hijacked Chinese bulk carrier and 25 Chinese crew members aboard were successfully rescued at 3 a.m. on Dec. 28, according to Chinese Marine Search and Rescue Center. After the rescue mission, Chinese Foreign...

China Hosts Anti-Piracy Meeting

China is holding a 2-day international forum to coordinate efforts against piracy off the African coast. From China Daily: Several navies have been in the Gulf of Aden since 2008 in response to the hijacking of vessels by Somali...

China to Renew Somalia Anti-Piracy Mission

China announced that it’s navy will stay in the Gulf of Aden to protect ships against Somali pirates. From AP: China’s three-ship anti-piracy flotilla took up its duties off the Somali coast in January on a...

China Begins Somalia Piracy Patrols (Updated)

Al Jazeera covers the Chinese Navy’s arrival in the Gulf of Aden: Two destroyers escorted their first four Chinese vessels in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The agency said the...

Music Video: Harmonizing the Gulf of Aden

The Chinese Navy’s Political Art Troupe has released a song to mark the mission to defeat Somalian pirates. The following music video is from Chinese video sharing site Youku, lyrics translated by the Black and White Cat blog:...

Chinese Navy Off On Historic Anti-piracy Mission

From AFP: An anti-piracy task force of the Chinese navy set sail Friday for Africa, state media said, in the nation’s first potential combat mission beyond its territorial waters in centuries. The three vessels, decorated...

Opinion: China Sets Sail

The Times writes in an editorial that Beijing’s dispatch of ships to Somalia isn’t just an act of altruism, it’s about protecting its economic interest throughout Africa: The last time Chinese warships sailed...

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...

China May Send Warships to Somalia Coast

In an uncharacteristic move, the Chinese government is considering sending navy warships off the coast of Somalia in an effort to combat pirate attacks against ships, including some of their own. From the Los Angeles Times:...

China’s Oil Offensive Strikes: Horn of Africa and Beyond – Andrew Mcgregor

From China Brief ( Volume 7, Issue 16): In its efforts to expel an Islamist government and capture a handful of inactive al-Qaeda suspects in Somalia, the United States has risked its political reputation in the region through a series of unpopular measures. These include backing an unsuccessful attempt by warlords to take over the […]

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