The navies of Japan and South Korea will join the People’s Liberation Army Navy of China by the end of March in the fight against piracy off Somalia (DTI February, p. 16). The three navies seek to raise their national prestige, showcase the utility of investments in their blue-water fleets and practice sustained operations in a relatively benign environment with a justified cause. None of the countries has yet shown a genuine interest in maritime security cooperation with each other, or ...


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