JAKARTA, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) Three Chinese Navy ships arrived on Monday in Indonesia's seaport of Tanjung Priok, carrying out friendship mission with several programs aimed at improving relations between the two countries.
Those ships, consisting of amphibious landing ship Kunlunshan, destroyer Lanzhou and supply ship Weishanshu and carrying at least 1,000 crews, were just settled their patrol service in Gulf of Aden and Somali waters, combating sea pirates that have been rampant in those area. The Chinese fleet of ships was welcomed by Chinese Ambassador in Indonesia Zhang Qiyue and Brigadier General Arif Suherman, commander of Indonesia's third navy base and Chinese community living in Indonesia.
The fleet was China's sixth naval escort flotilla served to Gulf of Aden and Somali waters.
The previous five Chinese fleets to the Gulf of Aden have escorted 2,248 Chinese and foreign ships in 213 batches in this region, which has been plagued by pirate attacks, since December 2008.
The sixth fleet has escorted 615 ships, including five from Indonesia, during its service period, expelling 190 suspicious boats, saving one ship hijacked by Somali pirates and three chased by pirates.
Times have changed.
A generation ago the Indonesian Chinese community were hunted down, killed or ethnically cleansed by the Indonesian military or mobs.
New era since their relationship with the western result in weapon embargo during east timor issue and aceh separatism war, now they're looking partner from China and Russia, The latest news that the two country has sign MOU for joint production of C-802 Missile and R&D for medium range missile. A lot of chinese weapon flooded indonesia Army now, QW-3 and giant bow were some weapon oftenly seen by public when military exercise conducted. more type were kept secret by the army... New era when east and west wasn't great issue anymore..