China, Japan, India cooperating well on anti-piracy activities




China today said its cooperation with the Indian and Japanese navies on international naval escort activities against pirates was proceeding smoothly and winning accolades from the shipping industry.

As the reference country of the first quarter, China announced its escort schedule in time and India and Japan made their own escorting plans accordingly so that the three managed to carry out their escort operations in a more orderly and efficient way, Yang Yujun, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman said today.

The practice had won acknowledgement from the shipping industry and the countries and international organisations concerned, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

Yang said that India will be the next reference country from April to June, followed by Japan in the third quarter of this year.

"Some other countries have also expressed their wishes to take part in the coordination mechanism," he said.

China sent its first convoy fleet to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters in December 2008.

Last month, a Chinese military official said the country had deployed 10 navy flotillas, including 25 warships, 22 helicopters and over 8,400 officers and soldiers to the Gulf of Aden for escort missions over the past years.

Besides the anti-piracy operations, India and China are also discussing maritime cooperation between the two navies.

The first meeting to work out the contours of the cooperation was held here this month

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

China, Japan, India cooperating well on anti-piracy activities



China today said its cooperation with the Indian and Japanese navies on international naval escort activities against pirates was proceeding smoothly and winning accolades from the shipping industry.

As the reference country of the first quarter, China announced its escort schedule in time and India and Japan made their own escorting plans accordingly so that the three managed to carry out their escort operations in a more orderly and efficient way, Yang Yujun, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman said today.

The practice had won acknowledgement from the shipping industry and the countries and international organisations concerned, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

Yang said that India will be the next reference country from April to June, followed by Japan in the third quarter of this year.

"Some other countries have also expressed their wishes to take part in the coordination mechanism," he said.

China sent its first convoy fleet to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters in December 2008.

Last month, a Chinese military official said the country had deployed 10 navy flotillas, including 25 warships, 22 helicopters and over 8,400 officers and soldiers to the Gulf of Aden for escort missions over the past years.

Besides the anti-piracy operations, India and China are also discussing maritime cooperation between the two navies.

The first meeting to work out the contours of the cooperation was held here this month

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