Indian navy on alert after China’s takeover of Sri Lankan port | World

Indian navy on alert after China’s takeover of Sri Lankan port | World

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.

WION correspondent Eric Njoka told the India-based network: “The Chinese are becoming increasingly active in the Indian Ocean region.
“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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Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar told WION: “You want to analyze whether it is a threat or not, it is a very difficult question.
“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.

China recently made inroads in Sri Lanka and recently secured plans for a salvaged port city near Columbo.

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.


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