Indonesia invites India to join maintaining security in Malacca Strait

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Indonesia invites India to join maintaining security in Malacca Strait

Indonesia has asked India to take part in maintaining security in the Malacca Strait, Antara News Wire reported on Thursday.

"We are discussing various possibilities to optimize security in the Malacca Strait, including inviting several countries with an interest in shipping in the strait or countries directly bordering the strait to take part in securing it," Maj. General Supiadin, operations assistant to the Indonesian Armed Force Commander, said here.

The participation of India in the Malacca Strait patrols would be very positive as then all approaches to the strait will be more secure for international shipping, he said.

The strait constitutes a shipping lane between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and links three of the world's most populous countries, namely India, Indonesia and China.

Over 50,000 ships sail through the Malacca Strait every year transporting around one fifth or a quarter of the world's maritime trade cargoes.

Since July 2004, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have established cooperation to maintain security in the Malacca Strait. The trilateral coordinated patrol scheme is codenamed MALSINDO Malacca Straits Coordinated Patrols.

Since the joint patrols began to be carried out, the crime rate in the 500-mile long strait has decreased by about 70 percent.

"In 2008, only four criminal cases happened in the Malacca Strait. So the patrols we have been conducting with Malaysia and Singapore were very effective," Supiadin said.
 

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oh a big thanks lf sir what a great news this is for india, we must not underestimate its significance. building good relations with the asean is a priority for india it brings india closer to nullifying chinese strategy of surrounding india by the string of pearls.
a permanent presence in the region for india is astrategic win win situation,especially when india is willing to sign a FTA with asean this april this is another step for india matching up to the chinese in every step.
 

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