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Mideast Media Outlets Are Misreading a Chinese Naval Deployment to the Gulf of Aden

The guided-missile destroyer Jiaozuo of the 46th fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy left Guandong province for the Gulf of Aden to take part in multinational anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. Image via Xinhua.

A trio of Chinese warships departed the Port of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province last week and are now on their way to the Gulf of Aden. 

There is nothing unusual about this deployment as the three vessels are going to replace three other ships that are taking part in the UN-led anti-piracy operations that have been going since 2014.

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