WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 71–81 | Cite as

International cooperation against piracy: China's role, problems, and prospects

  • Martin N. MurphyEmail author


While there are some non-contentious issues about which states can cooperate, most must be molded around the demands of national interest. Piracy is a case where suppression would appear to be in the interest of all states; after all, pirates have been regarded as the enemies of all since Roman times. Despite this, states have often been more ambivalent as they have found piracy to be a useful cloak behind which to hide their wider geo-strategic ambitions. This paper notes that Somali piracy has attracted the interest of China whose citizens have been attacked and hijacked. It asks if this deployment demonstrates that China is committed to the protection of shipping in the context of the existing maritime order or if it has a wider purpose to advance Chinese interests in the Indian Ocean region.


Piracy Maritime security Somalia China Indian Ocean 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Atlantic Council of the United StatesWashingtonUSA

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