The peace and stability of the Indian Ocean bear upon that of the world. The freedom and safety of the navigation in the Indian Ocean play a very important role in the recovery and development of global economy and the Chinese navy will actively maintain the peace and stability of the Indian Ocean, Vice Admiral Su Zhiqian, commander of the East China Sea Fleet under the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), stated in Galle, a coastal city in the south of Sri Lanka, on December 13, 2012.
Su Zhiqian made the above remarks at the “Galle Dialogue 2012” conference inaugurated on the very day. Naval delegations from 28 countries including Sri Lanka, India, China, Japan, Australia, the U.S., UK and France attended the conference to discuss how to ensure the freedom and safety of navigation in the Indian Ocean.
Su Zhiqian said that the Chinese navy is a staunch force in safeguarding the world peace and an active advocate and implementer of the idea of constructing a “harmonious ocean”. China is expecting to carry out more extensive and in-depth maritime security cooperation with the navies of various countries through this “Galle Dialogue” so as to make due contributions to and play an active role in maintaining the peace and stability of the Indian Ocean as well as the world at large.