China says ship reported hijacked by pirates safe

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February 6, 2011 08:42

 
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BEIJING — China said Sunday that its state media report of a Chinese-flagged commercial ship being hijacked by pirates off the coast of Yemen was not correct and that the ship was safe.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency on Sunday cited a Chinese military attache in Yemen as saying the Hong Kong-registered Tien Hau had been attacked by Somali pirates. But the China Marine Rescue Center later said the report was wrong and the ship was simply followed by a suspicious-looking vessel and not hijacked.

The center said the Tien Hau with 22 people aboard was now under the escort of the escort of China's navy, which is part of a multinational anti-piracy effort patrolling one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

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