China angered the Indian Navy after Xi Jinping’s regime secured the construction of a new port city in Sri Lanka. New Delhi has reacted cautiously to the move that could see Beijing projecting electricity into the Indian Ocean. Indian naval forces are closely monitoring developments in Sri Lanka amid growing tensions between the two rival nuclear-weapon states.
“Their activities around Sri Lanka are under the scanner of New Delhi.
“The Chinese Navy is taking control of projects in Sri Lanka and this could pose a threat to India’s maritime interests. “
It comes as the Deputy Chief of the Indian Navy has said his forces are very well prepared to secure the country’s maritime borders.
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“But the point is, let’s say when someone outside the region starts showing so much interest”
“Although they may have rational reasons for this because their energy source is passing too constantly through these waters.
He added: “If you actually look at the multinational forces, at any one time there are around 80 ships from various countries operating in the northern Arabian Sea.
This has led some to wonder if the Chinese could take India by surprise in a possible naval clash.
Vice Admiral Kumar said the Indian Navy had taken “a number of measures” such as establishing a “coastal security network”.
He added that the country was seeking to deploy “enhanced surveillance” to monitor the movements of Chinese ships in the region.