Saturday, January 16, 2021

Indian Airbase at Andaman & Nicobar Islands To Keep a ‘Hawk-Eye’ on Chinese Warships

The Indian Navy recently commissioned a new full-fledged air base in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. According to military officials, the new naval base can be used to keep eye on Chinese navy vessels and submarines entering into the Indian Ocean through the Malacca Straits.

Indian Naval Base at Andaman Island a Key “Cog in the Wheel” to Control Strait of Malacca

The Islands of Andaman and Nicobar are strategically located near to the waterway, joining the Pacific Ocean with the Indian Ocean through the Malacca Straits. With the rise of China-India naval forces in Asian countries and the successive US-Asia Pacific, Indo-Pacific strategies, the strategic importance of the islands are increasing day by day.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always focused on the infrastructure development on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The western researchers anticipated that the islands may be turned into a major naval command base for Indian aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, and Sukhoi-30MKI fighters. The Indian infrastructure capabilities are visible in the northern border and the Indian Ocean Region.

India wants to build its military base in the natural islands. With this development, media reports are speculating that the new base will watch China and its warships in the Indian Ocean.

The relationship between India and China shows no sign of improvement, despite the informal meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Modi in Wuhan, Hubei Province last April. In the realm of globalization, China-US relations are filled with competitiveness. China thinks that India must sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty to gain entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group rather than pushing its own demands.

In terms of international relations, bilateral ties between India and China can create geopolitical competition and security dilemmas. The Indian Ocean is considered as the lifeline for China’s import and export of energy and commodities. In order to maintain international peace and security, all regional powers need a regional security system. India has already registered its presence in both South Asia and the Indian Ocean.

More News at EurAsian Times

Featured

Greek Parliament Approves Rafale Fighter Jet Deal From France

The much-speculated deal between France and Greece for Rafale fighter jets is expected to be signed soon. The Greek lawmakers have given a nod...

Why Should Pakistan Be ‘Very Worried’ By India’s New Role At The UN Security Council?

India, which has begun its stint as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2021-22, will be chairing three key UN sanctions...

Indian Air Force Chief Compares LCA Tejas With Pakistani / Chinese JF-17 Thunder

Drawing a comparison between India's LCA Mk1A ‘Tejas’ and Pakistan's JF-17 fighters, Indian Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that the Indian jets are...

After Russian S-400, India Inks Pact With The UK To Acquire STARStreak Air Defense System

The Indian Army has moved a step closer to acquiring the STARStreak air defense system as the British company Thales and India's Bharat Dynamics...

Turkey Inaugurates New Consulate Building In Pakistan’s Karachi

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday inaugurated the country’s new consulate building in Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Cavusoglu said the...