Chinese presence in SL could pose a threat, keeping close watch: Indian Navy
Posted on June 19th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

With the Chinese Navy getting new port projects in Sri Lanka, a top Indian Navy officer said that it ‘could pose a threat’ to Indian interests in the region and there is a need to keep a close watch on such activities.

In an interview with ANI, Navy vice-chief vice-admiral G Ashok Kumar said the Indian Navy is very well prepared to secure the maritime boundaries of the country and there is no way anyone can surprise us.

“If you want to analyse whether it is a threat or not, it is a very difficult question. But the fact that when somebody is external to the region starts showing so much interest even though they might have rational reasons to do so as the majority of their energy sources pass through this region … Is it a logical thing for nations to do, yes? Could that pose a threat to us, it could. We just need to ensure that it is being closely watched,” he said on Friday, responding to a query on whether China’s getting hold of a new port in Sri Lanka could pose a threat to India.

Asked if the Indian Navy was keeping a close watch on such activities, he said, “Yes, on the entire region.”

The Chinese have been making inroads in Sri Lanka where they recently got a reclaimed port city near Colombo. Prior to that, they gained control over the Hambantota port which was built by them.

Responding to a query on whether the Chinese could surprise us through the sea route as they did along the northern waters last year, he said that after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, India had taken a number of steps like installation of coastal security network and had enhanced surveillance capabilities.

“The chances of we getting surprised in the maritime domain to have reduced… we are much better prepared today than what we were a decade ago,” the vice-admiral said.

He said that the Indian Navy is a capability-driven force and more strength would be added to it in form of new assets in the near future.

One Response to “Chinese presence in SL could pose a threat, keeping close watch: Indian Navy”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    The slimey smelly Indian Presence in Sri Lanka has been our misfortune for many centuries. It is in fact the misfortune of all her neighbouring countries – Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and of course of China too. Since a coterie of wannbees inherited a land called India from her colonial masters the British, all neighbouring nations are at risk from her Big Power mentality. All of a sudden the security of inherently unstable India has become a cause for concern.

    India who has no distinct borders other than those left by the British is politically and geographically unstable. By the look of it will be unstable economy wise too in the near future. To keep the recently ( less than 75 years) acquired nation together India is in a never ending quest to find enemies, for it is the all manners of external perceived and mostly imagined threats that keep the Union of India in one piece! This is the only uniting factor for the highly dissimilar little nations that make up India. Otherwise, they are ready to go at each other’s throats any moment.

    It was only a week ago that a Sri Lankan fishing boat was attacked by Indian Navy personnel in International waters. Just because the waters around Sri Lanka has been named the Indian Ocean by the colonial powers, it does not become their private property!

    In Sri Lanka, we welcome the support we receive from the Chinese to keep the Indian Stench away!

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