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Press conferece on China's 1st major naval operation abroad

2008-12-23 07:59:18 GMT2008-12-23 15:59:18 (Beijing Time)  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Deputy Chief of the Staff of the PLA Navy, Rear Admiral Xiao Xinnian attends a press conference in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. The Chinese Defense Ministry said three warships plan to depart Friday on a mission to protect Chinese vessels and crews from pirate attacks in waters off Somalia, in what will be China's first major naval operation abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, Sr Col. Huang Xueping invites questions about China's plan to send warships overseas during a press conference in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. The Chinese Defense Ministry said three warships plan to depart Friday on a mission to protect Chinese vessels and crews from pirate attacks in waters off Somalia, in what will be China's first major naval operation abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

From left.,spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, Sr Col. Huang Xueping, Deputy Chief of the Staff of the PLA Navy, Rear Admiral Xiao Xinnian, and Director of the Navy Bureau of the Operations Department of the General Staff Headquarters PLA, Sr Captain Ma Luping, prepare to talk about China's plan to dispatch warships off Somalia during a press conference in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. The Chinese Defense Ministry said three warships plan to depart Friday on a mission to protect Chinese vessels and crews from pirate attacks in waters off Somalia, in what will be China's first major naval operation abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

From left.,spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, Sr Col. Huang Xueping, Deputy Chief of the Staff of the PLA Navy, Rear Admiral Xiao Xinnian, and Director of the Navy Bureau of the Operations Department of the General Staff Headquarters PLA, Sr Captain Ma Luping, prepare to talk about China's plan to send warships overseas during a press conference in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. The Chinese Defense Ministry said three warships plan to depart Friday on a mission to protect Chinese vessels and crews from pirate attacks in waters off Somalia, in what will be China's first major naval operation abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Chinese Defense Ministry said three warships plan to depart Friday on a mission to protect Chinese vessels and crews from pirate attacks in waters off Somalia, in what will be China's first major naval operation abroad.

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