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  1. PLA Navy ships enter Gulf for the first time

    Posted Mar 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent Chinese warships are this weekend anchored in Abu Dhabi- the first time the People's Liberation Army Navy has entered the oil-rich Persian Gulf ... with valuable support and co-operation on international and regional affairs,' he said. With the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman now the largest suppliers of crude oil to China, ...

  2. China has a long way to go as naval power

    Posted Jan 14th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... a long head start over China. Its Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf, drawing ships on rotation from both the US Pacific and Atlantic fleets. The US has a military base ... Michael Richardson The stated aims of the Chinese navy's anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia are clear and limited. The mission began last week when the two ...

  3. News - China - MILITARY

    US destroyer and PLA warship team up on drill

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... in the Gulf of Aden on Monday- a day before Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie, met his US counterpart, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, in Beijing and pledged to expand such contact. Liang said ...

  4. News - World - PIRACY

    Ransom letters from Somali pirates reveal their professionalism

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Documents reveal just how organised - and seemingly courteous - Somali pirates have become, but their friendly tone belies the violent reality Welcome to the Pirate Action Group. Pirate commander Jamal wishes to congratulate you on being hijacked. Kindly ...

  5. China vows to rescue ship, but pirates warn they will kill crew

    Posted Oct 21st 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... from pirates that they would execute the 25 Chinese crew if Beijing attempted to rescue them. The situation escalates China's historic involvement in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf ... territorial waters in centuries- was in the Gulf of Aden at the time, about 1,000 nautical miles east of Somalia. An estimated 50 naval special forces personnel are aboard the two missile frigates ...

  6. Pirates make waves for global shippers

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... the number of ships being hijacked in the pirate-prone Gulf of Aden is small compared with the large number of vessels passing through the waterway each year, but the ripple effect of the deepening problem is adding to the burden on shipping companies at a time when the industry is struggling with declining demand and free-falling freight rates. The Gulf of Aden, which links the Indian Ocean ...

  7. News - World - PIRACY

    Somali pirate negotiator gets 12 life sentences in US court

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters US hands negotiator 12 life terms A Somali man who acted as a ransom negotiator for pirates who seized a United States yacht last year and killed four US hostages has been sentenced by a US federal judge to serve 12 life sentences. Mohammad Shibin ...

  8. PLA closer to key anti-piracy role

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... no clear sign when they would be ready to place ships in the international transit corridor in the Gulf of Aden. Such a move, agreed by Nato, the EU and the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), ...

  9. 19 sailors languish in Somali pirate lair

    Posted Sep 26th 2010, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... Murcaayo, on the coast of the Gulf of Aden, just west of the Horn of Africa. The 14,445 deadweight-tonne ship was bound from Saudi Arabia to India and was carrying dangerous chemicals used ... oil. Hiring a security escort through the Suez Canal cost up to US$100,000 and the navy in Yemen charged commercial vessels up to US$55,000 for an escort in the Gulf of Aden, it noted. ...

  10. In Med and with might, PLA extends its reach

    Posted Aug 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... centuries. The Horn, Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are home to vital shipping lanes that link Europe and the Middle East to Asia- and through which tankers supplying the bulk of oil for China, Japan ... areas such as the Gulf, with its vital oil shipping routes. 'The Med itself may not be a strategic priority to China at this point, but it does build vital experience in internal ...




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