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Hijacked Chinese ship spotted

The Chinese bulk carrier De Xin Hai appeared on a video today off the Somali port of Hobyo, according to China Central Television.

The report said the video was shot by Reuters last week and the ship appeared fine, although the 25 crew members who were on the ship when it was hijacked last month are still missing.

The carrier owned by Qingdao Ocean Shipping Company was hijacked in the Indian Ocean on its way from South Africa to India.

A top Chinese general said freeing the ship will be a long, difficult process, and he did not rule out a military response last month.

A successful rescue of the crew was possible if countries could work together, said Major General Qian Lihua, director of the foreign affairs office of China's Ministry of Defense.

A new Chinese naval fleet set sail for the Gulf of Aden on October 30 to protect merchant vessels against pirates attacks.


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