Chinese warship in the Mediterranean

March 15 2011

On February 24 the Xuzhou, patrolling piracy off Somalia, was diverted to the Libyan coast to give protection to Chinese civilian vessels (and aircraft) as they rescued Chinese workers.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy has staged joint exercises and visited ports all round the world in recent years: Chinese warships visited Egypt, Italy and Greece in 2010. But it has never, until now, launched an operation in the Mediterranean.

India and South Korea are also sending warships to help evacuate their citizens from Libya.

Chinese in Naples, September 19 1823

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