At Sri Lanka conference China seeks role in Indian Ocean security

China today sought a bigger role in Indian Ocean security saying no single country can handle the process.

Speaking at the Galle Dialogue 2018 in Colombo, Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu, Commandant of the Naval Command College (NCC) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said that the Indian Ocean regional security situation is quite complex and severe.

“No single country is enough to handle the situation and ensure everlasting security. It is required to enhance mutual confidence, work collaboratively and figure out solution jointly,” he said.

He said that on the basis of respecting Indian Ocean regional countries’ core interests and great concerns, China would like to join hands with regional and ex-regional countries to discuss extensively on maritime security topics, to contribute maritime security governance wisdom, to exchange counter piracy experiences, to shoulder stability maintenance obligations, to provide financial support for security and to jointly shoulder maritime security responsibility.

He also said that an equitable and rational maritime order is important to guarantee peace and stability in Indian Ocean.

Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu said that China would like to work together with the international community to construct and maintain a free, open, inclusive and cooperative maritime order in the Indian Ocean through open, sincere and deep talks, to make equitable, rational and inclusive maritime rules on the basis of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and basic principles of relevant international laws.

“To safeguard peace and stability in Indian Ocean, it is necessary to improve maritime capacity to deal with challenges and to consolidate the foundation of maritime security. We support Indian Ocean regional countries’ effort to strengthen maritime security,” he said.

Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu also said that China supports the international community’s initiative to promote peace and stability of the Indian Ocean, including pushing forward maritime information sharing, improving connectivity of maritime security facilities, and perfecting maritime operation coordination, so as to effectively deal with all maritime security threats and challenges.

The Galle Dialogue 2018, International Maritime Conference, was inaugurated today in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The two-day conference organized by the Ministry of Defence in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Navy for the 9th consecutive year is being held under the theme “Synergizing for Collaborative Maritime Management”.

Representatives from 50 countries and 17 organizations and foreign scholars and experts in maritime are participating in the event. (Colombo Gazette)

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