China appeals for stronger int'l efforts against pirates

09:09, May 12, 2011      

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China on Wednesday called on the international community to work more closely in fighting pirates.

"The international community should continue to step up international cooperation on fighting pirates and safeguarding maritime security in related seas," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said in a written statement.

Jiang's comments come after 24 Chinese sailors on a hijacked Panama-registered bulk cargo ship were rescued last week.

"We feel relieved about the rescue and sincerely appreciate the efforts by Turkey, the United States, India and other related parties," she said, stressing China gave tremendous attention to the safety and legitimate rights of overseas Chinese citizens and companies.

Pirates attacked the vessel, Full City, last Thursday noon some 450 nautical miles off the coast of India's Mumbai and 750 nautical miles east of the area where the Chinese Navy convoy fleet was assembled.

Source: Xinhua
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