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China Doesn’t Join U.S.-Led Red Sea Force

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

The United States announced it will coordinate joint patrols with allies to guard commercial ships in the Red Sea as the region comes under repeated attacks from Yemeni Houthi militias. China did not join the coalition, named Operation Prosperity Guardian. It includes the EU, NATO, Japan, and the government of Yemen.

The coalition won’t shadow individual ships but will provide broader security in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. This follows numerous attacks on vessels owned by shipping and oil companies in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Companies have responded by rerouting vessels.

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