|PLAN Maashan 171 on anti-piracy duties|
The PRC PLAN has achieved the release of the crew of a Chinese fishing vessel. The 26 person crew had been held for 18 months by pirates off the coast of Somalia. The 26 were 13 Chinese, 12 Vietnamese and one Taiwanese. The PLAN did not say how the release was obtained however they have a naval detachment escorting Chinese vessel through the recoginized pirate areas.
Clearly this is a feather in the cap of the PLAN and shows that they are becoming more and more capable. Unfortunately however this also builds the confidence of the PRC to continue ignore the claims of other nations regarding EEC areas in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.