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China prepares to send navy to Gulf of Aden

China prepares to send navy to Gulf of Aden

Beijing: China is all set to send a naval fleet on a mission to fight pirates in Somali waters, a military source told China Daily on Tuesday.

"There will be a significant peacekeeping operation (in Somalia)," the source said, but did not reveal the scale of the mission.

"The Chinese government supports the international community's decision to cooperate on the piracy problem according to international law and the UN Security Council's resolutions," Liu Jianchao told a news briefing on Tuesday, referring to Vice-Foreign Minister He Yafei's meeting in New York.

A local newspaper provided some details of the planned mission.

"The fleet will leave the South China Sea and head to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters," the Global Times reported yesterday. [17/12/08]