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Officials discuss cooperative efforts

By Patrick Antoine Decloitre

SUVA, Fiji (Oceania Flash, Sept. 21, 2010) – PAPE’ETE, Tuesday, 21 September 2010 (Oceania Flash) – A Chinese state-of-the-art vessel specialised in satellite tracking and maritime surveillance is this week stopping over in the port of Pape’ete (French Polynesia) as part of a courtesy call.

The Chinese vessel, the "Yuan Wang VI", belongs to the People’s Republic of China’s Satellite Maritime Tracking and Controlling Department, the French High commission said in a weekend release.

The Director of the department, Ding Xingnong, has also held talks with the French High commissioner resident in French Polynesia, Adoplhe Colrat.

Talks are said to have focused on maritime surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which, in the case of French Polynesia, represents an area comparable to the size of continental Europe.

Both delegations also exchanged and recalled on avenues for enhanced French-Chinese scientific cooperation in the Pacific, via the French territories.

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