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Japan strengthens maritime ties with Sri Lanka to counter China

Amid China`s growing assertiveness in the South Asian region, Japan has increased its focus on Sri Lanka by providing assistance to develop Colombo`s maritime capabilities.

Philippines, Japan to hold fresh naval drills

The Philippines and Japan will hold their second joint naval drills this year, the Filipino military said Tuesday, as the World War II foes deepen security ties while China aggressively develops islands in disputed waters.

China declares victory in US surveillance overflight

China declared victory on Friday over an encounter with a US surveillance aircraft overflying the contested South China Sea, saying its military "drove away" the intruder with radio warnings.

China in massive land reclamation in disputed waters: US official

 China has dramatically ramped up its land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea in the past five months, building artificial islands at an unprecedented pace to bolster its territorial claims in the area, US defense officials said Friday.

President extends greetings to naval personnel on Navy day

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday extended greetings to naval personnel on the occasion of Navy Day and said current geostrategic environment has increased their role in protecting nation's maritime interests.

Indonesia holds 200 Malaysians in crackdown on illegal fishing

Indonesia on Wednesday detained 200 Malaysians found fishing illegally in its waters, as it moves to stem billions of dollars in economic losses, a senior government official told a news agency.

Obama, Modi pledge to intensify maritime security

US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged to intensify cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in comments that came against the backdrop of China`s expanding maritime ambitions.

India calls for strong maritime connectivity with ASEAN

India on Monday stressed the need for strengthening of maritime connectivity with Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and called for an `open sky policy` on quid pro quo basis to increase trade with ASEAN.

India, Sri Lanka to release fishermen today

The Indian Coast Guard will undertake a simultaneous repatriation of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen along the Indo-Sri Lankan International Maritime Boundary line.

India-China maritime rivalry not inevitable: NSA

India-China maritime rivalry is "not inevitable" as both have interest in keeping sea lines of communication open for trade and energy flows, National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon said.

Prez Fleet Review in 2011: Navy spent Rs 23.24 cr

The President`s Fleet Review of the Navy had a budgetary allocation of Rs 23.24 crore last year, an RTI reply has revealed.

US to replace Pak`s P3C Orions: Report

The US will supply two P3C
Orion maritime surveillance planes to Pakistan to replace the
aircraft that were destroyed in a terrorist strike.

China set to expand maritime surveillance fleet

Beijing said it will be
expanding its surveillance fleet in a big way to protect the
country`s maritime rights.

Asia maritime disputes need negotiation: US

The US defence secretary says high seas disputes in Asia should be resolved through negotiations.

Chinese maritime experts discover liquid sulphides areas

A team of Chinese scientists claimed to have discovered five hot liquid sulphides areas.

GMB asks Platinum II agent to remove the `wreck` ship

The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB)
has directed the ship Platinum II, which contains hazardous
material and radioactive substances, be removed from Gopnath
near Alang here where it is anchored.

India hopes arbitration would help solve maritime disputes

India has expressed the hope that Bangladesh`s decision to seek arbitration in an international tribunal will settle the maritime disputes between the two countries as bilateral negotiations on the issue could make little headway.

Pak moots joint maritime security agency with India

Pakistan has mooted to India the creation of a joint maritime security agency to prevent sea borne terrorist attacks like the one on Mumbai last year that killed 183 people.

Navy comes out with revised maritime doctrine

Laying down its task as an armed
force furthering Indian security interests, the Navy on Friday
released its revised Maritime Doctrine that provides the
fundamentals for readiness and response planning.