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Maritime Security - State Concern, International Concern

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  • Phelps Hobart
    CMSC Held 2nd Meeting in San Francisco - 3rd Scheduled 25 September in Sacramento The California Maritime Security Council (CMSC) held its second meeting 29
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 27, 2007

      CMSC Held 2nd Meeting in San Francisco - 3rd Scheduled 25 September in Sacramento  

      The California Maritime Security Council (CMSC) held its second meeting 29 June 2007 at the Port of San Francisco. At this meeting, members adopted the revised charter, heard subcommittee updates and provided briefings regarding on-going port security activities.

      Governor Schwarzenegger created the CMSC by Executive Order 12 October 2006. By bringing together all the important port partners from the federal, State and local levels, the California Maritime Security Council will help to identify areas where coordination will enhance security, emergency response and communications. The Council will work to develop policies to prevent terrorist attacks and implement processes to ensure the fastest possible recovery from a natural or manmade disaster at one or more of our ports. The Council meets quarterly. The next meeting is scheduled for 1000 25 September 2007, at the California Employment Development Department, 800 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento. Please let Phelps know if you would like to accompany him.

      California’s ports are vital not only to the state’s economy, but to the nation’s economic health as well. Our state handles nearly half of all the port traffic in the United States. The California Maritime Security Council brings together local, state and federal agencies with labor and management to identify potential threats, improve security measures and communications, conduct training exercises and develop a statewide maritime security strategy.

      Reports recently published by the

      Rand Corporation and the Public Policy Institute of California underscored the importance of California’s ports and the devastating impact a catastrophic event would have on California’s economy. CMSC improves statewide collaboration and information sharing and identify areas where coordination enhances security, emergency response and communications. The Council pursues policies to prevent the occurrence of a catastrophe and implement processes to mitigate the consequences of a terrorist attack or natural disaster at a port. Lisa Echoldt is CMSC’s Administrative Assistant, (916) 324-6282. The Navy League has members and friends on the board.

      Peoples Republic of China Military Expert On International Maritime Security Cooperation

      Zhongguo Xinwen She (In Chinese, 3 Jul 07, OSC Translation, No link available)

      Senior Colonel Li Yaqiang, Chinese military expert, pointed out today that maritime security represents both common interest of the concerned nations and common responsibility of the international community.  For instance, the anti-terrorism and anti-piracy issues in one nation may involve in sea waters of other nations, which can be hardly resolved merely by independent actions or law enforcement strength of a single nation. In this situation, the involvement of military strength becomes inevitable and the cooperation on international maritime security becomes very necessary.
      As a researcher in Naval Military Academic Institute, Li Yaqiang considered in an interview that there is a variety of factors affecting the security of international ocean shipping lines and passages, mainly including wars, regional turmoil, pirate activities, terrorist attacks, transnational crimes, sea perils and accidents, and natural disasters. To protect the security of international ocean shipping lines and passages, it is essential to take steps integrating political, economic, military, diplomatic, legal, and technological measures.  
      Li Yaqiang pointed out that international security is the premise of ocean shipping security. A safe ocean shipping environment can be established only by formulating a generally recognized, fair, and reasonable international code of conduct compatible with the development of human society. To safeguard maritime security, it is essential to follow the purpose of the United Nations charter, the well-acknowledged international laws, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, respect national sovereignty, safeguard common interests, accept political diversity, take mandatory national responsibilities, fulfill bounden international obligations, abandon cold-war thinking, and give full consideration to strategic interests, values, and social characteristics of each concerned nation. It is necessary to launch long-term, comprehensive, complete, strategic or fundamental cooperation, as well as take temporary, partial, and limited tactical or expedient actions.
      He said that in maritime security cooperation, it is important to cooperate mainly in non-sensitive, non-traditional fields to avoid endangering maritime security due to traditional military behaviors. It is important to cooperate mainly in high seas, international sea areas, non-sensitive sea areas, and waters welcomed or acceptable by concerned countries to avoid taking actions in sensitive sea areas, and waters that are under jurisdiction of other countries, under conflict, not accepted or rejected by concerned countries.
      It is important to take actions mainly in the form of friendly exchange, peaceful consultation, and joint operation to avoid abuse of force and unilateral intervention. Li Yaqiang stressed that naval forces should strengthen exchange and open up more interchange channels, unfold equal and extensive maritime security dialog and consultation, clear up and prevent misunderstanding, and gradually establish necessary trust relationship.
      Based on the above measures, the naval forces may launch cooperation in the fields of maritime joint law enforcement, anti-terrorism, anti-piracy, maritime navigation safety, and search and rescue in order to frighten and contain the force posing potential threat to international maritime security, stabilize maritime situation of turbulent regions, promote and safeguard ocean shipping security, and eventually establish an effective maritime security safeguarding mechanism.
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