Among the naval forces of the world on guard against Somali pirates, China is conspicuously absent. Today, a Chinese general asks “If China wants to be a world power, how come we are poweless so often?”
A Chinese general has called for the country’s navy to join the fight against, saying the mission would boost China’s international stature and give its sailors valuable experience in fighting open ocean combat operations far from their home ports.
Chinese ships have been among those seized in a wave of pirate attacks this year, including the fishing vessel Tianyu No. 8, seized in mid-November.
International warships from Gulf of Aden and have created a security corridor in the area under a U.S.-led initiative, but attacks have not abated.and countries including Russia patrol the
Russian Navy warship passes through the Suez canal and goes toward pirate patrol….
“Piracy doesn’t just interfere in our country’s navigational safety, it also impedes our development and interests,” Major General Jin Yinan told state radio.
“I think our navy should send ships to the Gulf of Aden to carry out anti-piracy duties,” Jin said, according to a transcript of the interview posted Thursday on the Web site of the official China News Service. The date of the interview was not given.
In this Nov. 11, 2008 file photo made available by Indian Navy, Indian warship INS Tabar, right, escorts the MV Jag Arnav ship to safety after rescuing it from a hijack attempt by Somali pirates. The Indian navy says the INS Tabar dedicated to fighting pirates has successfully fought off an attempted pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden, sparking explosions and a fire on the suspected pirate ship late Tuesday, Nov. 18.(AP Photo/Indian Navy, HO, File)
China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy has little experience operating at long-range, its primary mission being coastal patrol. However, the service is believed to have major ambitions, possibly including the eventual deployment of an aircraft carrier.
The French warship Nivose escorts commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden.(AFP/Eric Cabanis)