China on 19 April 2014 announced to host the bi-annual Western Pacific Naval Symposium at Qingdao – Eastern port of China. The Symposium is aimed to bring together countries of the Pacific Rim. The symposium will be organised to mark the 65th founding anniversary of the Chinese navy.
The symposium includes a two-day multinational maritime joint operation named Sea Cooperation 2014 which will involve naval vessels from China and other seven countries. The seven countries are India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Brunei and Singapore.
For the first time the navies of India and Pakistan will participate in the Joint Naval Exercise Sea Cooperation 2014.
An indigenously built Indian stealth frigate Indian warship INS Shivalik will participate in a multination naval show. The port has also received a patrol boat from Brunei and an amphibious dock landing ship from Indonesia.
The exercise will feature search and rescue, as well communications and coordination.
China hoped such operations will help enhance trust between the participating navies around the Pacific Rim.
When: 19 April 2014