“I’m not a hero,” says Peng Wei-yuan, the modest captain of Zhenhua 4, a Chinese merchant vessel attacked by Somali pirates. However, crowds turned out to greet him when his ship returned to China.
Peng and his crew caught the public imagination when they fought a four hour battle against pirate gunmen, armed only with beer bottles and broken crockery.
The pirates eventually retreated and Zhenhua 4’s owner gave Peng a gold medal for his bravery. In related news, China’s navy recently joined an international force to fight pirates. It saw its first action in the Gulf of Aden last week – saving a Greek vessel from Somalia’s less endearing breed of Jack Sparrows.
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