Beijing sends hi-tech ships to fight pirates
China is sending one of its most advanced warships to help fight pirates off the coast of Somalia.
Xinhua said China had decided to dispatch two multirole guided missile destroyers and a supporting vessel to Somalia to protect China's commercial fleet and take part in humanitarian missions.
One of the destroyers is the Haikou - commissioned in 2005 and considered one of China's most advanced warships.
Haikou, the second Luyang-II class destroyer, is the navy's first indigenously developed modern destroyer. It is often called China's Aegis as it features a combat system similar to the Aegis system used by the US navy and is said to be comparable in performance.
The other destroyer is the Wuhan, a slightly older version designed with Russian help. Both destroyers are deployed by the PLA's South Sea Fleet, based in Guangdong.
'China is fulfilling its international obligations and providing safety to important international sea routes,' Xinhua said.