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Subject: Chinese navy to deploy vessels to Somalia
xylene    12/21/2008 12:21:03 PM
It seems odd that the USA is basically sitting back and allowing China to exercise and get vital experience on long deployments overseas. That was probably the PRC navy's biggest weakness but due to power vacuum and USA unwilling to take leadership role in protecting the sealanes, China will get experience it needs and wants.
 
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RockyMTNClimber    A Chinese Horn of Africa?   12/21/2008 1:02:46 PM
The Chinese could step in by bribing off the pirate leaders and killing anybody else who dissents. The PRC would reap benefits from gaining defacto control of the Horn of Africa, which would include a navy base (airfields?) and potential cooperation of a bunch of trouble makers who want to attack western interests (by granting them a new sanctuary). All of this right under the nose of the hand ringing west and the bumbling Russians.
 
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lurker       12/21/2008 3:44:17 PM
I personally think think they would get stuck in a quagmire, and have to leave due to supply issues. Muslim terrorists with their suicide bombing etc. Contrary to popular belief, China does not have so many more properly trained and equipped troops than the US.
 
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RockyMTNClimber    A partnership not an enemy...   12/21/2008 4:12:47 PM

I personally think think they would get stuck in a quagmire, and have to leave due to supply issues. Muslim terrorists with their suicide bombing etc. Contrary to popular belief, China does not have so many more properly trained and equipped troops than the US.

PRC uses connections with AlQueda/Pakistan to cement a freindship with the Somali warlords. That and old fashioned terrorism (kill everybody who disagrees with them). This quiets down piracy but at the expense of PLA control of the Horn of Africa. They don't take over the whole country just the coastal areas they deem required for a strategic base in the Gulf area.

 
 
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