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Vol 3 (AAC) No 3

Published 1st January 2010

Yin Zhuo

Rear Admiral, People’s Liberation Army Navy, China

Fears of an aggressive Chinese military build-up surfaced again after a People’s Liberation Army Navy Admiral advocated the establishment of an overseas base to fight Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and wider Indian Ocean. Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo suggested that China’s anti-piracy operations would be well-served by a military base where its ships could refuel and resupply. China has sent four flotillas to patrol the waters off Somalia in the past year; the warships currently call at a French naval base for supplies.

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