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  1. 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 ...

  2. An Asian answer to Somalia's pirate plague

    Posted Oct 09th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... security in previously pirate-prone Southeast Asian waters. Reflecting the intensifying fighting and political chaos in Somalia, piracy directed at ships passing the country with the longest ... Malaysia and Indonesia - launched co-ordinated sea patrols in 2004. Last month, Thailand became the fourth country to join the patrols, which are backed by an anti-piracy agreement among regional ...

  3. Bold, or rash?

    Posted Aug 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... ourselves against piracy in the last few years, and it feels like we are back to square one,' said one Hong Kong shipping executive. 'The pirates are always one step ahead. If they are now ... and prosecute than the jurisdictional nightmare that is modern piracy. Could it be, then, that in their increasing range and audacity, the pirates are sowing the seeds of their own destruction? Any ...

  4. HK touted as risk service hub to tackle piracy

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Keith Wallis The growing menace of piracy on the high seas, including the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, could give Hong Kong the opportunity to develop as a special risk service ... capabilities.' Aside from maritime piracy, Vickers said special risks included kidnapping and ransom and product extortion and contamination. He thought there had been an increase in extortion threats ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Beijing hosts naval powers in anti-piracy talks

    Posted Nov 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... anti-piracy efforts off the Horn of Africa. US, European, Russian and Japanese naval representatives are among those expected to attend the meeting, hastily arranged by Beijing in the wake ... naval warships to the anti-piracy task force in January represented the nation's first potential combat engagement beyond home waters in centuries, the hijacking of the De Xin Hai is seeing ...

  9. China may ask tribes for help on piracy

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of ships from the world's navies, including China's, that are patrolling the seas off Somalia to deter piracy. The De Xin Hai was the first mainland ship hijacked since a PLA Navy task ... of mainland ships hijacked previously appear to have dealt directly with pirates' representatives, the involvement of the PLA Navy in anti-piracy work has raised the stakes for Beijing ...

  10. Ransom ban no solution to the piracy problem

    Posted Mar 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... supply of young men willing to try their hand at piracy. There is no easy solution. Somalia has not had a meaningful government for more than two decades. Ending the grip of warlords and bringing ...




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