Chinese military personnel caught up in Taliban Mehran attack?

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    The BBC has just reported on the Taliban attack on Mehran naval air base in Pakistan. While that is a tragic and deplorable act that has sadly already cost over a dozen lives and probably the loss of at least one Orion, what caught my eye was the comment that initial reports suggested Chinese military personel were amongst the hostages.

    Does anyone else have any more details or confirmation that PLA personnel were present at the base at the time of the attack? If it turns out that Chinese personnel were at the base, it might cause some awkward questions from the US about what they were doing there, especially since P3Cs are also based there. Does the US only have restrictions that the newest F16s must be based where Chinese personnel do not have access to, or do the P3Cs also have similar restrictions?

    If PLA personnel are still being held hostage on the naval base, this would become an international incident. And might cause Pakistan additional headaches as the last thing they need now is for Chinese military personnel to be killed in a rescue bid.

    I also wonder if the PLA would offer to send in their own special forces to help out in any rescue bid if some of the hostages were important Chinese officers or speicalists.
     
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    According to this report below all the Chinese are safe.

    BBC News - Pakistan: Troops 'end attack' on Karachi naval air base

     
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    Thanks for the update mate, looks like things are still quite fluid as the BBC did not have so many details when I read their site just before starting this thread.

    There are also slightly different reports coming out, some claiming the number of terrorists killed to be higher than the BBC article, and I have even seen reports that one American personnel was killed during the attack.

    But the question of what restrictions the Americans had on the P3Cs still remain. Although it would look less suspicious if there were American personnel also present at the base and they knew about the Chinese presence.
     
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    Americans? I did not read that. I would not be surprised however. I remember reading in the initial report about 12 hours ago that the BBC reporter called the P-3C a "jet fighter"..
     
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    Maybe we can get the joint Sino-U.S. military operation every one is speculating about if the situation gets out of hand.
     
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    That would be difficult in my opinion. Where as neither countries SOF have trained together. Coordination is a key in such a mission. And training is need for that to happen.
     
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    you cant trust what the media say, first they said that a PC3 Orion had been "shot" down, even although it was stationary on the ground

    as for the Chinese working in Pakistan, Pakistan takes thier protection very seriously, I know that when a Chinese personal is in danger SSG Commandos are sent in for the operation, SSG group is the elite fighting force of Pakistan only used for major operations

    there has been reports that a anti-submarine helicopter has been damaged and early indications say it could be a Z9C but not confirmed
     
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    The Chinese foreign minister just said that no Chinese citizen was present at the base.
     
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    It should not be a surprise to hear of Chinese presence or involvemement in this naval base. A recent press report stated that Pakistan wants China to build its naval base at Gwadar. China has already invested US$200M in the first phase of the Gwadar port construction which was inaugurated in 2007. Quoting Pakistan's Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar: "China is the closest ally of Pakistan. In whatever sectors Pakistan requested assistance during (Pak) PM's recent visit to China, they immediately agreed with Pakistan". This has a bearing on the faltering ties with the US due to the "Osama B L" episode.
     
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    Best photo I could find of the destroyed P-3C Orion.

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