China Deploys Warships to the Red Sea Amid Tensions with Houthi Rebel Attacks
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies 

In response to escalating tensions fueled by Houthi rebel attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea, China has dispatched warships, including a guided-missile destroyer, to the Gulf of Aden as part of an anti-piracy mission.

The 46th fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy set sail from Zhanjiang, a coastal city in Guangdong province, on Wednesday. This move follows a series of Houthi attacks on commercial vessels passing through the Red Sea, purportedly in support of Hamas and the Palestinians amid the conflict with Israel. Several Chinese ships have fallen victim to these attacks.

China’s deployment is a strategic effort to safeguard the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia, critical regions for international maritime transport plagued by piracy.

“The Chinese Navy dispatched yesterday Guangzhou’s first new anti-piracy mission of 2024, with the 46th Escort Task Force featuring the debut of the destroyer Jiaozuo, while the frigate Xuchang and fleet replenishment tanker Honghu are veterans,” explained Collin Koh, a researcher at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, on social media.

“The 46th fleet, equipped with over 700 officers and soldiers, including special forces personnel and two helicopters, aims to continue China’s contribution to international maritime security, ensuring the safe passage of ships in these strategic waters,” reported the Chinese regime’s news agency.

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