Indian military bases in Andaman and Nicoba Islands (Reuters)
Overseas Network Jan. 24 - India regards China as an imaginary enemy? Indian Navy will open a third military base in Andaman and Nicoba Islands on May 24 to strengthen surveillance of Chinese vessels sailing into the Indian Ocean through the Strait of Malacca, according to Indian military officials, according to the website of New Delhi Television. The media instigated that the move was aimed at confronting China.
Indian media said that the Indian side is increasingly concerned about the presence of the Chinese Navy in its vicinity and Chinas commercial port network from Sri Lanka to Pakistan, because India fears that these places may become outposts of the Chinese navy.
Andaman and Nicoba Islands are overseas dependencies of the Federation of India, located near the entrance to the Strait of Malacca. The Indian media said that since 2014, in order to meet the so-called Chinas challenge, the Indian government has begun to deploy ships and military aircraft in the region.
A spokesman for the Indian Navy said the base was the islands Third Military base, with a runway of up to 1,000 meters, for helicopters and Donier surveillance aircraft. However, the runway will be extended to 3000 meters to serve fighters and long-range reconnaissance aircraft.
With military bases, we can cover a larger area, said Singh, a former Indian naval official. The potential thing is that Chinas presence is expanding. If we have to monitor them, we need to have enough equipment in the Andaman Islands.
Indian media often regard the Indian Ocean as the backyard of the Indian Navy, and once there are Chinese vessels in the region, the China threat has been heated. However, on May 8, 2018, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman voiced that there was no tension between the Chinese and Indian navies in the Indian Ocean.
In recent years, India has been upgrading its military deployment in the Andaman Islands, which has been interpreted by Indian media as countering China.
In response to the Chinese navys actions in conducting exercises in the Indian Ocean or visiting other countriesports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated earlier that with the continuous development of Chinas relations with South Asian countries, the areas of cooperation have been expanding, and friendly exchanges in the military field between the two sides have also increased. Chinas naval fleet sometimes makes visits, stops and supplies at ports of other countries, which is a common international practice and is also conducive to regional peace and stability. China is willing to carry out maritime cooperation and dialogue with relevant countries, including India, to play a constructive role in promoting peace, stability and development in the Indian Ocean region.
Source: Zhao Yaping_NN9005, Responsible Editor of Overseas Networks