A Chinese Admiral has revealed China"s proposal to establish a naval base in the region in its commitment to thwart piracy.
As the threat of piracy continues and as Somali pirates continue with their awkward trade to kidnap foreign ships, a Chinese Admiral has revealed China"s proposal to establish a naval base in the region in its commitment to thwart piracy and finally end this tragedy in the gulf of Eden. The lazy pirates who have no intentions to pursue an education or employment see piracy as an easy way to make money. About 75% of piracy in the region is being masterminded by terror groups to finance their illegal activities.
Rear Admiral Yin Zhou"s, a senior Chinese naval officer has suggested that China will establish a permanent base in the Gulf of Aden to aid its anti-piracy operations. The proposal was posted on China"s Defence ministry website. The Admiral went on to say that supplying and maintaining the fleet off Somalia was challenging without such a base, and said other nations were unlikely to object. The Chinese navy currently has no overseas bases, but media outlets and forums in China are calling for this to change. On Monday, a Chinese cargo ship and its crew of 25 were rescued from Somali pirates on Monday, and a $4m ransom was paid to their kidnappers.
The Admiral said that he believes that a relatively stable, relatively solid base for resupply and repair would be appropriate. The navy has already been patrolling the Gulf of Aden for more than a year, protecting cargo vessels that are increasingly threatened by pirates based in Somalia. According to the Admiral, such a base would provide a steady source of fresh food, along with facilities for communications, ship repair and recreation. China has been working closely with the European Union, NATO and US anti-piracy coalitions, sharing information and now offering protection to ships from other countries.