China to assist Gulf of Guinea fight piracy


China’s military will assist countries in West Africa combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and other maritime security threats.

This is according to Qian Lihua, former head of the foreign affairs office of China’s Ministry of National Defence. Lihua was visiting Lome, Togo, late last month when he made the comments, according to Xinhua.

China will join the international anti-piracy effort in the Gulf of Guinea by helping littoral states in the region build necessary infrastructure, Xinhua reports.

The Chinese major general, speaking at a meeting on African peace and stability, also put forward a few proposals on fighting piracy in the region. Xinhua reports that “He called on the international community to help regional countries strengthen their capacity by training maritime security troops, putting more financial and technical resources into anti-piracy efforts and expanding development aid to those countries so as to rid poverty and raise the employment rate among young people.”

The African Union will in October host a maritime security summit to discuss the issue of maritime security further.