Asia, Europe mull maritime security

Officials hold extensive discussions on improving maritime security cooperation

Asia, Europe mull better maritime security cooperation

BEIJING, May 12 — Officials and experts from Asia and Europe held extensive discussions here Monday on improving maritime security cooperation.

Organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Germany-based Konrad Adenauer Foundation, more than 30 participants, including navy, coastguard, police and maritime officials and scholars from a dozen Asian and European countries attended the policy conference on Euro-Asian cooperation in combating transnational organized crime by sea.

The experts shared studies on and experience in counter piracy, arms trafficking, drugsmuggling and human trafficking by sea, and exchanged views on promoting closercooperation among Asian and European countries.

Within the framework of the United Nations Convention Against TransnationalOrganized Crime and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the expertsagreed that information sharing and mechanism building were needed to enhancecooperation.

Rear Admiral Marco Santarini, assistant director of the Italian Institute for Advanced Defense Studies, called for “more complex and dedicated approaches” among European and Asian countries to combat maritime piracy that not only harasses the Gulf of Aden,but also haunts Southeast Asia.

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