China Confirms It Will Send Anti-Piracy Warships

An update to yesterday’s post about China considering sending warships to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia:  Bloomberg is reporting that the Foreign Ministry has confirmed preparations are in hand, without giving details of what vessels will be sent.

Piracy against Chinese ships seems more prevelant than thought. A ministry spokesman said that in  the first 11 months of the year, 1,265 Chinese commercial ships passed through Somali waters, or about three to four a day, a fifth of which were assaulted by pirates.

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