Department of Defense: China will continue to send ships to the Gulf of Aden to escort Somalia
People (microblogging) Beijing, November 30 (Reporter Xiao Li Yang Yang Jinbo) Department of Defense this afternoon held a regular press conference this month, Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng of China’s navy to Somalia, the Gulf of Aden escort will meet to three years, said China will continue to send naval ships to escort the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast mission, escort to further expand international cooperation to safeguard national interests and make greater contributions to world peace.
December 26 this year, the Chinese navy escort ships to Somalia, the Gulf of Aden to perform convoy task three years.
Geng Yansheng this, as at present statistics, China has dispatched 25 ships and ships of 10 batches of 22 helicopters and more than 700 special operations team members to more than 8,000 vessels and foreign vessels over 3400 to implement a security escort, 4 times for the World Food Programme (WFP) convoy, effectively protecting the safety of foreign ships and to defend the national interests, fulfill its international obligations, the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast to safeguard peace and stability to play its due role. In the escort process, the Chinese naval escort fleet to actively participate in escort of international cooperation with relevant countries and organizations of the intelligence and information exchange, commander visits, joint convoy, the joint evolution in ship visits and other activities to enhance the cooperation with the National Naval , also increased the response to a variety of security threats our naval and accomplish diverse military tasks.
Geng Yansheng said, according to the spirit of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, China will continue to send naval ships to escort the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast perform naval missions, escort to further expand international cooperation to safeguard national interests and world peace more a large contribution.