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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    US destroyer and PLA warship team up on drill

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

    ... up with the PLA naval frigate Yiyang, a modern multi-role warship. They staged a mock boarding, search and seizure operation on a suspected pirate vessel. "The focus was on bilateral ... "Executing the boarding side-by-side as a combined US-Chinese team, the team successfully searched the vessel and provided assistance to the role-playing mariners." PLA expert Gary Li, the head ...

  2. PLA closer to key anti-piracy role

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

    ... Greg Torode in Singapore Chinese naval observers could soon join European Union naval escorts of World Food Programme shipments to Somalia in preparation for the PLA's own escort operations. PLA naval officials responded to EU requests for international assistance a year ago, but operational details for the escorts are still being worked out- a reflection of the fact ...

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

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

    ... Greg Torode Chinese warships in the Mediterranean, an amphibious assault ship in the Indian Ocean- the PLA navy's anti-piracy mission continues to break new ground. A visit this month to the Mediterranean, with stops in Egypt, Italy and Greece, by the destroyer Guangzhou and frigate Chaohu further extended the PLA's range- they went via the strategic Suez canal to the port ...

  4. PLA delays taking lead on piracy

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

    ... Awareness and Deconfliction- earlier this month opened with a statement from the chairman, a Nato official, welcoming China's growing role, but PLA delegates were unable to respond with any ... considered unprecedented for the traditionally secretive and insular PLA, and the request was widely seen as a historic first step into international military diplomacy. 'We are still prepared ...

  5. PLA Navy ships enter Gulf for the first time

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

    ... China's growing naval presence in the Indian Ocean. With the PLA needing a network of friendly ports, if not full bases, to sustain long-range blue-water deployments, all new Chinese port visits are being scrutinised by regional powers. Gary Li, a researcher on the PLA at the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies, said the visit was highly significant. 'It fits ...

  6. 19 sailors languish in Somali pirate lair

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

    ... Greg Torode and Keith Wallis Nineteen Chinese sailors are languishing in a Somali pirate stronghold after being held for nearly three months- the longest any have been held since the PLA ... monsoon. The three PLA ships patrolling off Somalia were far away at the time. The German warship Schleswig-Holstein was the closest naval vessel and sent a helicopter to confirm that pirates were ...

  7. Brave crew of HK-flagged ship hold pirates at bay

    Posted Nov 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was hurrying to a rendezvous point in the Gulf of Aden to join a PLA Navy escort when the pirate's speedboat appeared on the horizon. Wei said the pirates opened fire on the Fuqiang and hooked ... powder and hit them with a high-pressure water gun. However, the pirates continued their attack. A helicopter took off from a nearby PLA Navy gunship and arrived within an hour of the SOS. When ...

  8. Navy offers to escort UN food aid

    Posted Mar 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Navy's historic Indian Ocean deployment that is likely to see it face greater risks. In an unprecedented act, PLA Navy officers offered to ease the EU's escort burden during a monthly ... to running escort patrols until the end of this year. It is expected to continue the effort for at least another two years. If successful, the offer will require the PLA to co-operate even more ...

  9. China to lead anti-piracy patrols

    Posted Jan 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the Gulf of Aden. The pledge means that China needs to send more than the three ships it keeps deployed off the Horn of Africa to protect vital trade routes linking Asia to Europe. PLA Navy ... independent nations to come in.' Other officials at last week's Bahrain meeting said the PLA was reporting back to Beijing for political approval before a formal announcement could be made. ...

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

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

    ... to the Somali coast. As some military analysts and retired PLA generals mapped out likely strategies for rescuing the crew, others spoke of the need for diplomatic missions with states involved in anti-piracy efforts and negotiations with pirate groups to avoid bloodshed. Xu Guangyu, a retired PLA general, said that the task force was capable of staging a rescue. 'Rescue missions have ...




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