Sunday, December 07, 2008

China major-general urges navy to fight Somali pirates
Thu 4 Dec 2008, 8:25 GMT
http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnJOE4B3073.html

BEIJING (Reuters) - China should send naval ships to help wipe out Somali pirates menacing commercial vessels off Africa, a prominent Chinese military strategist said, urging his nation to take a higher profile in such operations.

Major-General Jin Yinan's comments may reflect growing debate about combating cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 rising piracy in a country which has generally confined its growing naval strength to waters near home.

Jin told a Chinese radio interviewer that "nobody should be shocked" if his government one day decided to send navy ships to deal with cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 pirates, whose recent victims have included ships from mainland China and Hong Kong.

"With China as a major world economy, it's very difficult to say that security problems across cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 world have nothing to do with us," Jin said in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 interview reprinted by cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 China News Service (www.chinanews.com.cn), an official agency, on Thursday.

Jin, head of a strategy institute at China's National Defence University, gave no sign that such naval action was under imminent consideration. But he said China's growing clout made it increasingly likely that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 government would use its forces in security operations far from home.

"I believe cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Chinese navy should send naval vessels to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Gulf of Aden to carry out anti-piracy duties," he said. "If one day, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Chinese navy sends ships to deal with pirates, nobody should be shocked."

A surge in attacks at sea this year in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 busy Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean off Somalia has pushed up insurance costs, brought cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Somali gangs tens of millions of dollars in ransom and prompted foreign warships to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 area.

The victims have included a Hong Kong-flagged ship with 25 crew aboard and a Chinese fishing boat reported seized off Kenya.

On Tuesday, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 U.N. Security Council renewed its authorisation for countries to use military force against cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 gunmen operating out of anarchic Somalia.

NATO ships began anti-piracy operations off cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Somali coast in late October, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y have failed to stop cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 hijackings.

Jin, a frequent commentator in Chinese media, said cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 country's lack of military bases abroad should not rule out anti-piracy operations. National pride was at stake, he said.

"If we don't take effective action, how will cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y see us abroad, and how will Chinese people view cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir government?", he said.




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China navy 'should fight piracy'
China may be considering ways to protect its interests in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean [EPA]
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/12/200812484245612135.html
China should consider sending its own warships to join a growing international naval force against pirates operating off cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Somali coast, a Chinese military strategist has said.

In a radio interview reprinted by cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 China News Service on Thursday Major-General Jin Yinan said that "nobody should be shocked" if cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Chinese government decided to send navy ships to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 area.

Somali pirates have hijacked ships from mainland China and Hong Kong this year, along with dozens of vessels from ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r countries.

"With China as a major world economy, it's very difficult to say that security problems across cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 world have nothing to do with us," Jin was quoted as saying.

"I believe cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Chinese navy should send naval vessels to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Gulf of Aden to carry out anti-piracy duties."

Jin is cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 head of a strategy institute at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 National Defence University in Beijing.

He did not say that naval action was under imminent consideration. But his comments may reflect growing debate inside China about ways of fighintg piracy, in a country whch has generally confined its naval strength to waters closer to home.

'National pride'

He also said that national pride was at stake.

"If we don't take effective action, how will cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y see us abroad, and how will Chinese people view cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir government?", he said.

A surge in attacks at sea this year in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean has pushed up insurance costs, brought cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 pirates tens of millions of dollars in ransom and prompted a growing fleet of foreign warships to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 area.

On Tuesday, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 UN Security Council renewed its authorisation for countries to use military force against cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 pirates operating out of Somalia.

Nato ships began anti-piracy operations off cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Somali coast in late October, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y have failed to stop cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 spate of hijackings from continuing.

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