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China Democracy Activist Apparently Abducted Prior to Obama Event

January 20, 2009

A Chinese activist who made his name as a grassroots organiser has disappeared, his son said on Tuesday, claiming authorities did not want his father to attend a U.S. consulate reception to mark Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Yao Lifa, a well-known advocate of free elections from Hubei province in central China, was due to attend the reception held by the U.S. consulate in Wuhan, the provincial capital.

But Yao disappeared on Sunday in Beijing, failing to turn up at a meeting with friends there, his son Yao Yao told Reuters. Yao Lifa also failed to use a train ticket he had bought to take him to Wuhan on Monday.


Yao Yao said his father appears to have been detained by local authorities but also said he has no idea of his father’s whereabouts. Yao Lifa’s mobile phone had a ring tone when called, but nobody answered repeated calls.

“He’s often been informally detained by officials from Qianjiang before, and I think it’s the same this time,” said Yao Yao, the son. “I think they did not like him going to the Obama inauguration reception.”

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China begins landmark Somali piracy patrols

January 6, 2009

A Chinese naval convoy arrived Tuesday in the Gulf of Aden on a landmark mission to protect the country’s shipping from Somali pirates and escorted its first four vessels, state media reported.

The four ships escorted were Chinese merchant vessels, including one from Hong Kong, Xinhua news agency said in a dispatch filed from aboard the destroyer Wuhan.

The naval mission, deploying two destroyers and a supply ship, marks China‘s first potential combat mission beyond its territorial waters in centuries.


In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, China's ... 
In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, China’s missile destroyer Wuhan leads Chinese ships sailing in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. The Chinese naval fleet arrived in the area on Tuesday to carry out the first escort mission against pirates, Xinhua said.(AP Photo/Xinhua, Qian Xiaohu)

The fleet was deployed in response to an escalation of pirate attacks on merchant ships, including Chinese vessels, plying the crucial shipping route linking Asia and Europe.

The missile-armed destroyers DDG-171 Haikou and DDG-169 Wuhan, and the Weishanhu supply ship, are among China’s most sophisticated and have all entered service this decade, Xinhua said previously.

They will operate alongside other international warships patrolling the area near the Gulf of Aden, part of the Suez Canal route.

The fleet will mainly protect Chinese vessels, including those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, but will also escort foreign ships passing through the area on request, Xinhua has said.

After three months the ships will be replaced by another flotilla, depending on UN Security Council decisions and the situation at the time, reports have said.

China has said its warships will investigate any suspected pirate vessels, and approach them and demand that they show their relevant documents and certificates.

Two helicopters accompanying the flotilla will be used during such tasks, military officials said earlier.

China Shows Warships Planned for Anti-Pirate Patrol

December 22, 2008

The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) (Navy) has shows the west the ships planned for the anti-piracy mission near Somalia:

Above: Missile Destroyer Haikou 171 of the PLA Navy’s South China Sea Fleet is seen in this undated file photo. China’s navy will send two missile destroyers and a supply ship to the waters off Somalia this week to protect Chinese vessels and crews from pirate attacks.

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The other two warships are the destroyer type Wuhan  and a supply ship, Weishanhu.

From China Daily:
China will send its navy ships to Somali waters to combat pirates, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

It will be the first operation of its kind and the first active deployment of the country’s warships beyond the Pacific.

“We have decided to send navy vessels to crack down on Somali pirates Preparations are under way,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told reporters at a regular news briefing without giving details of the mission.

Two destroyers and a large supply ship would be part of the Chinese fleet, Beijing-based Global Times quoted unnamed maritime sources as having said yesterday. The ships will leave Sanya, Hainan province, after Christmas on a three-month mission.

“As a friend of the Somali people and victim of piracy,” China can play a vital role in combating the scourge in Somali waters, Somalia’s Parliament Speaker Sheik Aden Madoobe told Xinhua in the southern town of Baidoa, the seat of Somalia’s parliament.

Peng Guangqian, a senior expert with the Academy of Military Sciences, said the Chinese navy has “full confidence in fulfilling the new mission”.

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From:  Bloomberg

China will send three warships to the waters offshore Somalia to fight pirates attacking vessels in the Gulf of Aden.

China’s Ministry of Defense will send two destroyers and a supply ship to the Gulf, the official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday, citing Liu Jianchao, a Foreign Ministry spokesman. The vessels will depart from Sanya in China’s southern province of Hainan on Dec. 26.

Pirates in the area have increased attacks on ships using the Suez Canal, and vessels transporting oil from Sudan and Saudi Arabia to China. The United Nations on Dec. 16 authorized a resolution that allows governments to pursue the brigands into inland Somalia.

“Chinese naval vessels will strictly follow UN Security Council resolutions and international laws,” Xinhua cited Liu as saying.

Somali pirates have attacked about 120 boats in the region this year, seizing at least 40 vessels and collecting more than $120 million in ransoms. Some 20 percent of Chinese ships passing through the area between January and November were attacked by pirates, Xinhua reported.

China’s ships will join vessels from the European Union, which on Dec. 8 approved sending a naval force to the area, the 27-nation organization’s first such mission. They will patrol an area that is three times the size of France.

The pirates operate along Somalia’s Indian Ocean coast, as well as in the Gulf of Aden, a transit point for the 20,000 ships a year that use the Suez Canal.

Somalia is in its 18th year of a civil war that has forced more than 3 million people into exile and displaced at least 800,000. Its Western-backed government is fighting the Islamist al-Shabaab militia for control over the nation of 10 million people, a contest that may weigh on the effectiveness of today’s Security Council action.