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Updated: March 2, 2012 01:48 IST

India, China move to maritime cooperation

Sandeep Dikshit
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External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi ahead of a meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. Mr. Jiechi is in India on a two-day official visit.
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External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi ahead of a meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. Mr. Jiechi is in India on a two-day official visit.

To fight pirates jointly; undertake seabed research

India and China have decided to open a new chapter in bilateral cooperation by agreeing to undertake joint operations against pirates and sharing technological knowhow on seabed research.

The maritime cooperation proposals were made by visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and welcomed by his counterpart S.M. Krishna during an extensive round of talks here on Thursday.

The dialogue on the proposalswill be taken forward at a multi-ministerial meeting as is the case with the other confidence building measure for the land border — the Mechanism on Coordination and Consultation on Border Affairs, which will hold its first meeting in Beijing in mid-March.

The first proposal seeks to involve the Coast Guards, the navies and air forces in action against pirates. The modalities will be worked out by a joint group that will include the two Foreign Offices, besides the Ministries of Defence, Shipping and Oceanography.

The talks also touched an area of acute anxiety to the Chinese — the possibility of protesting Tibetans stealing the limelight during the month-end BRICS summit here at a time of heightened tensions in the Chinese province.

Sensitive issue

While Mr. Yang did not mention Tibetans — he preferred to call them anti-Chinese protesters — India pointed out that it encouraged a vibrant polity but does not approve of demonstrations against foreign countries.

China had cancelled high-level border talks in November last after India declined to withdraw permission for an international Buddhist conference planned around the same time.

Mr. Yang's second proposal — sharing technological knowhow on seabed research falling outside the domain of coastal countries — is aimed at dousing India's apprehensions after Beijing was permitted by the International Seabed Authority to explore in south-west Indian Ocean.

India also raised the issue of two traders illegally detained by businessmen at Yiwu, near Shanghai. Mr. Yang promised that he would look into the issue and ensure justice was done.

Highly placed sources put a great deal of stress on the proposal of joint operations against pirates, especially after China and India exchanged sharp statements over ONGC taking up exploration in the disputed South China Sea.

Simultaneously, the Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism also met here.

The BRICS summit was extensively discussed, especially the proposal to set up a special bank for developing countries.

The USA is the third country without being present in Indo / China affairs.The Chinese augmentation of their defense budget should be watched by us.Chinese respect strength and we should be strong internally.Our maritime security is so badly out of step with spending on air craft carriers and nuclear submarines while not having a coastal radar to detect other country ships which was exposed by the Italian ship incident.Hope interaction with Chinese will educate our maritime security wizards in Navy.

from:  captainjohann
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 12:08 IST

The mutual cooepration between the two thriving economies need to go beyond strategical & financial. Both countries lack mutual trust, which is one of the key factor to bring the greater synergism. Once it is achived ASIA will lead the global power equation in contrast to the westren counterparts.

from:  chandu burri
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 12:41 IST

Interesting! that China’s seabed research in south-west Indian Ocean will involve India ? Looks like China does not want India to do something similar in South China sea.
Also what about the pollution that it may create ? I guess India need to be more assertive and keep an eye on the International Seabed Authority. I guess they will not give India permission to dig near California coast, will they ?

from:  vignesh
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 03:31 IST

Midst of harsh statement by China over the border issue, present
cooperation is a welcome act. Hope, the diplomacy between the two
nations would progress in a peaceful resolution of issues related to
border. Rising Asia undoubtedly needs both nation to counter balance the
age old Western hegemony.

from:  Calee
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 01:47 IST

It is in the interest of both India as well as China to work hand in hand on global matters. China and India both are emerging powers and in order to grow rapidly and to compete with developed nations they must cooperate with each other. But before this they have to resolve outstanding bilateral conflicts.

from:  Prashant Kumar
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 00:17 IST
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