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  1. The perfect fight?

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode With ransoms topping US$7 million, it is worth looking at the hard realities underlying China's involvement in the fight against piracy off the Horn of Africa. When ... ports, if not full bases, then it has picked the perfect fight. Piracy off Somalia looks set to get a lot worse before its gets better, with the pirates apparently well aware of their perfect ...

  2. Somali pirates hijack second Taiwanese vessel in five weeks

    Posted May 09th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Somali pirates hijacked a Taiwanese fishing boat, taking 28 sailors hostage, including nine mainlanders, Xinhua reported yesterday. The case is the second reported hijacking of a Taiwanese vessel in Somali waters in just over five weeks. In th ...

  3. PLA navy repels pirates with grenades, bullets

    Posted Sep 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to their international counterparts in the anti-piracy fight. 'From everything we can tell, it was a very successful operation,' said one Asian naval official monitoring China's anti-piracy ... anti-piracy efforts in December 2008- the first time Chinese warships have entered a potential conflict zone outside home waters in six centuries. While the PLA continues to escort convoys of ships ...

  4. It's time the Somali pirates are stopped

    Posted May 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am responding to the article 'Somali pirates hijack second Taiwanese vessel in five weeks' (South China Morning Post, May 9). More and more cases of hijacking have been reported. Piracy in the waters off Somalia will become more rampant unless action is taken to fight it. How can a group of pirates do what they want and threaten strong countries like the United ...

  5. What shall we do with the Somali raiders?

    Posted Mar 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode At a recent meeting in Bahrain of international navies fighting piracy off the Horn of Africa, the Russian representative let quietly slip that his nation had detained some 47 ... wanted to take the gloves off... and we were very surprised to hear that they had admitted to capturing some. 'The nature of the anti-piracy co-operation means it is difficult to ask too ...

  6. Piracy on the rise in South China Sea

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... Keith Wallis The South China Sea is becoming a piracy hotspot with an increase in the number of attacks, two anti-piracy bodies said yesterday. The level of violence is also escalating in Asian waters, one of the regional piracy watchdogs said. But unlike the situation in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, pirates in the South China Sea are focused on stealing cash ...

  7. Shipowners call for decisive action on piracy

    Posted Jul 01st 2010, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... Keith Wallis Asian shipowners have urged the United Nations and national governments to take an 'aggressive and decisive approach' to tackle the root cause of piracy in the Gulf ... Shipowners, including those in Hong Kong, have been forced to pay higher insurance premiums and take costly anti-piracy measures when their ships transit the Somali Basin and Gulf of Aden. The forum, ...

  8. PLA should get green light for anti-piracy role

    Posted Jun 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... time to implement the plans. But the holdup is creating uncertainty and the sooner that the new arrangements for tackling piracy off the Horn of Africa are put in place, the better. Beijing's announcement last November that it wanted to chair Shade, the Dubai-based group co-ordinating the anti-piracy strategy, surprised the international military community. China's ...

  9. PLA delays taking lead on piracy

    Posted Jun 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... expansion of China's role in the fight against piracy off the Horn of Africa by leading co-ordination efforts. Despite Nato, European navies and the US-led Combined Maritime Forces all agreeing ... to the fight against piracy,' said Gary Li, a specialist on the Chinese military at the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies. 'It is likely they are also still very ...

  10. PLA given nod to lead anti-piracy operations

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

    ... Stephen Chen in Beijing and Greg Torode The PLA has cleared a final hurdle to taking a historic leadership role in the fight against piracy off the Horn of Africa- but is making it clear ... to the PLA's offer to head monthly meetings of the anti-piracy co-ordination grouping Shade. The group is currently headed by the EU, Nato and the US-led Combined Maritime Forces. The scholar said ...




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