Its warships and special forces are due in the Gulf of Aden by Jan. 6.
Beijing marked warming ties with Taiwan by sending two pandas, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, to the Taipei Zoo.
The Chinese government says that it has cleared away the algae that had been blocking the Olympic sailing course in the eastern city of Qingdao.
Soldiers work through the night to drain swelling lake formed by landslides.
Bloggers are now calling for boycotts and stoking death threats over perceived insults from Westerners who have criticized China's human rights record ahead of this summer's Olympic Games.