China takes proactive, open attitude toward int'l escort cooperation

14:25, March 31, 2011      

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China takes a proactive and open attitude toward international escort cooperation, says a white paper on the country's national defense issued Thursday.

In line with relevant UN resolutions, China dispatched naval ships to conduct escort operations in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia on December 26, 2008, says the white paper, issued by the Information Office of the State Council.

They are mainly charged with safeguarding the security of Chinese ships and personnel passing through the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters, and the security of ships delivering humanitarian supplies for the World Food Program and other international organizations, and shelter pass-by foreign vessels as much as possible, it says.

As of December 2010, the Chinese Navy has dispatched, in seven sorties, 18 ship deployments, 16 helicopters, and 490 Special Operation Force (SOF) soldiers on escort missions, according to the white paper.

Through accompanying escort, area patrol, and onboard escort, the Chinese Navy has provided protection for 3,139 ships sailing under Chinese and foreign flags, rescued 29 ships from pirate attacks, and recovered nine ships released from captivity, it says.

"China takes a proactive and open attitude toward international escort cooperation," the white paper says.

Chinese escort fleets have established mechanisms for regular intelligence exchange and sharing with relevant countries and organizations, according to the white paper.

It has exchanged 24 boarding visits of commanders with fleets from the EU, the multinational naval force, NATO, Russia, the ROK, the Netherlands and Japan, it says.

It has conducted joint escort operations with Russian fleets and joint maritime exercises with ROK escort ships, and exchanged officers for onboard observations with Dutch fleets, according to the white paper.

China has joined international regimes such as the UN liaison groups' meeting on Somali pirates, and the international conference on "intelligence sharing and conflict prevention" escort cooperation, it says.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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