Saturday, December 27, 2008

China Joins the Fray

In a landmark display of international cooperation, China yesterday sent two destroyers to the Gulf of Aden joining India, Russia, the European Union, and the United States in the battle against Somali pirates.

This follows the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1851 that authorizes nations to pursue land operations against pirates inside Somalia. The resolution states that member states now have the power to "take all necessary measures that are appropriate in Somalia" and to suppress "acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea."

(Chinese navy special forces participate in Christmas Day anti-piracy drills; photo from Xinhua News Agency)