Foreign military attache said the Chinese navy to escort the ability to enhance anti-piracy
data for: March 16, the Chinese Navy Seventh, Eighth Fleet escort ships in the fleet sailing the Gulf of Aden.
Hong Kong, “South China Morning Post” reported on March 30
Title: People’s Liberation Army for the first time in the waters near Somalia to escort food rescue boats
Chinese warship successfully completed the first along the coast of Somalia for the World Food Programme (WFP), the task of escorting ships, naval front stretch as the EU is expected to defend such action will increase.
EU officials confirmed yesterday, a convoy carrying special forces soldiers, “MOS” No. 22, picked up in 索马里柏培拉 Hong Kong, “Amina V2″ number of vessels and transportation, escort it along the pirates advance of the Gulf of Aden, on the 24th arrived in Bossaso in Somalia.
EU navy spokesman Lt. Col. Pa Diao Kennedy said: “We highly appreciate China’s efforts seem to have everything going well.”
Navy said in a statement the EU pointed out the historic features of this operation with the Chinese forces and their “consensus”, “This is proof, in the fight against piracy and in a number of partners with good coordination and cooperation.”
foreign military attaches and analysts said that the task seems to indicate that, because it much easier to deal with anti-piracy task, the PLA Navy strategists are eager to take greater risks. December 2008 China deployed warships to the Gulf of Aden, marking the centuries the Chinese ship enter their waters for the first time outside the conflict zones.
PLA issues analyst Gary London Lee (voice) said: “on many levels, this is a very important step. Close to the coast of Somalia to increase the risk of a new element, which also shows their when dealing with foreign navies gradually becoming more relaxed, although mainland China does not have the hype, it does seem unusual. “
China has deployed at a number of anti-piracy equipment used there “Z-9″ helicopter escort, “MOS” was, its crew is believed to be the Chinese Navy’s most experienced group of people.
The action also means that you may have in other countries for the 12-mile territorial sea military operations within the region, China has been able to cope with ease. Familiar with the situation in Somalia, a navy official said: “In such work, to maintain the efficiency you have to close, which means to have been escorted to the port, which is the most vulnerable parts of the food vessel.”
China in the implementation of the task last week for a few months before the planning. March last year, according to newspaper reports, the People’s Liberation Army officials offered to escort work to help the European Union, the international counterparts a great surprise.
Chinese navy has always been considered the most isolated in the region, one of the most secret army, the navy to escort the Chinese military diplomacy in an unprecedented action, echoed in recent months to win friends outside the region of a host of other actions.
EU has been urged to participate in anti-piracy operations in more than 40 navies to provide assistance to other countries, worried that their vessel was occupied by WFP’s transport, but not engaged in combat throughout the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean near growing pirate attacks.
China anti-piracy task force in charge in February, a Spanish warship in the EU navy with their colleagues after a meeting, planning activities began to accelerate. Since then every day they are coordinated.
People’s Liberation Army used to develop a series of anti-piracy actions in international relations, it is not only involved in the Mediterranean first, also visited the Middle East over the new port.