China rescues fishermen from pirates


China has rescued a group of 26 fishermen held by Somali pirates for the last 18 months. The foreign ministry said the men were taken from a Taiwanese trawler in December 2010. It gave no details about the rescue.

The crew consisted of 13 mainland Chinese, 12 Vietnamese and one Taiwanese.

Taiwan's foreign ministry said it had assisted in ransom talks between the boat's owner and the pirates, although it didn't say whether a ransom had been paid. It also thanked Beijing for its assistance in the rescue.

Chinese naval forces are looking after the fishermen and taking them to Tanzania, after which they will be sent home.

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