MSF Monitor September,2018

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Summary

The Maritime Study Forum (MSF) Monitor endeavors to bring all aspects of maritime concern to our readers in a glimpse. The Monitor covers the Global maritime outlook, with special attention on Pakistan and the Indo-Pacific region.News, Opinions, Events, all things of interest are covered.

The month of September has been of significance for Pakistan as the PMSS Kashmir,the Fifth patrol vessel inducted into maritime agency’s fleet; Pakistan along with China taking part in Australia’s largest maritime drill;and renewed pledge between China and Pakistan for accelerating CPEC projects. Farhan Bokhari wrote a piece ‘In defence of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ and ‘CPEC:Exposed to hybrid warfare’ was a readable piece by Zafar Nawaz Jaspal.

In the regional context, we saw US and Japan teaming up for a free and open Indo-Pacific and Russia’s concern over US boosting India’s role in the Indo-Pacific. Japan’s Kaga helicopter carrier joining drills near the South China Sea was also a spectacle of the month. Dr David Brewster’s analysis on China’s growing show and influence of air power in the Indo-pacific was a good read while Lt.Commander (G) of Srilankan Navy Roshan Kulatunga’s analyzed the Geopolitical significance of the Indian Ocean.

In the global front we saw China accusing UK of infringing on its sovereignty after a Royal Navy warship sailed closed to the contested South China Sea and US Navy’s conducting military exercises in Gulf amid tensions with Iran, as Moscow holds grand drills in the Bering Sea. San Francisco has launched the world’s first large-scale ocean cleanup system.

Notable events were a seminar jointly organized by Institute of Policy Studies(IPS) Islamabad and Institute of Maritime Affairs (IMA) ‘U.S Exit from Iran Nuclear Deal and another seminar organized by NUST (Islamabad) on ‘Protecting
Maritime Interests of Pakistan’.

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