China is ready to synergize its efforts with
other countries to deal with threats and challenges facing the Indian Ocean in
order to maintain peace and stability in the region, a Chinese navy officer
said on October 22.
Commandant of Naval Command College of the
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu made the
remarks at the two-day "Galle Dialogue 2018," an international
maritime conference held in Sri Lanka.
Han said the Indian Ocean region is facing
non-traditional threats such as piracy, terrorism, trans-border crimes, massive
natural disasters and ecological catastrophes, and the countries must work
collaboratively and figure out a solution jointly.
On the basis of respecting Indian Ocean
countries' core interests and great concerns, China would like to join hands
with regional and non-regional countries to discuss extensively maritime
security topics, and shoulder stability maintenance obligations, among others,
according to Han.
He added that China also supported the
international community's initiative to promote peace and stability of the
Indian Ocean by pushing forward maritime information sharing, improving
connectivity of maritime security facilities and perfecting maritime operation
coordination so as to effectively deal with maritime security threats and
"China would like to be 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," Han said.
The Galle Dialogue conference started in 2010.
This year's Galle Dialogue is held under the theme "Synergizing for
Collaborative Maritime Management".