Amid the political volatility in the Indian Ocean island nation, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s visit to India will aim at rejuvenating bilateral ties and expanding cooperation between the two countries, particularly in trade, investment, maritime security and counter-terrorism.Read More
Amid scenarios of rivalry and potential conflict of interests between India and China, Beijing has recognized India’s role in stablising Indian Ocean and South Asia region, but cautioned that New …Read More
Reports that the docking of a Chinese submarine at Karachi last month has surprised New Delhi are distressing. One would have thought Delhi would have anticipated the development after it …Read More
Reports of a Chinese submarine docking in Karachi, after having lurked past Indian waters, have the potential to raise tensions in India’s maritime neighbourhood. This is not the first time such an incident has occurred in Indian waters as similar visits by Chinese submarines were made to Colombo over the past one year. When China’s deadliest submarine the ‘Yuan Class 335’ crossed the Arabian Sea and docked in Karachi on May 22, it was enough to alert the Indian Navy and the security establishment considering that the Indian Ocean Region(IOR) is today probably the most important water body strategically for major powers of the world.
The submarine is reported to have spent a few days in Karachi, refuelling and restocking, before sailing back to China with close to 65 crew members, according to some reports. The Yuan-class submarine ‘335’, is equipped with torpedoes, anti-ship missiles and an air-independent propulsion that dramatically enhances its underwater endurance. Given these capabilities of the Chinese submarines, concerns in New Delhi are understandable.Read More
China’s new military strategy white paper released last week is creating ripples in global strategic circles. The document, released by China’s State Council, the chief administrative body of the Chinese …Read More
“In theory”, a popular saying goes, “there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice there is”. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s recent pitch for an Indian Ocean …Read More