Skip to comments.Gunboat diplomacy: Indian navy ready to set sail to South China Sea
Posted on 12/04/2012 9:49:07 PM PST by JerseyanExile
Indian naval warship INS Ranjit (D53)
India will deploy warships to the South China Sea if the countrys regional interests are compromised, the Indian Navy commander said. As China bolsters its military, the region has witnessed rising tensions over unresolved territorial disputes.
India is not directly involved in any of the disputes, but its national interests are tied to the turbulent region, Admiral D K Joshi said on Monday, a day ahead of Indias Navy Day. Delhi may deploy its forces to the region if the situation deteriorates.
Are we preparing for it? Are we having exercises of that nature? The short answer is 'Yes,' Joshi said.
Indias prime concerns in the dispute are freedom of navigation for all countries, and the extraction of oil by a subsidiary of the Indian Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONSC) off the Vietnamese coast, he explained.
The Indian Navys military actions are a bit late, but meant to defend the countrys interests in the region, Sreeram Chaulia, the dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs, told RT.
It's seen as a belated but necessary move by the Indian military to be able to say that if our interests are now so widespread, then we will also need to show our capabilities to defend our interests come what may. And of course, the situation in the South China Sea has been deteriorating in terms of security and a high level of competition and bickering between some ASEAN countries and China, said Chaulia.
Drill station Scarabeo 9, working in partnership with ONGC Videsh
ONSC Videsh operates three oil exploration blocks in the region. The company announced its possible withdrawal from one of the blocks this year over difficult drilling conditions and unclear prospects on returning a profit, but eventually stayed after Vietnam offered to extend the contract.
However, the territory is contested by China, which claims ownership of the area. Beijing has objected to Indias drilling program, but Delhi dismissed the concerns.
Should there be a need for some protection [to the ONGC], the Navy will be called upon and we will do that, Joshi said.
Joshi made his remarks as Indian national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon visited China to for talks with Beijings new leadership. Delhi aims to bolster its military forces to counter a similar buildup in China.
"We have 44 warships and submarines on order, 42 of them in Indian shipyards. Over the next five years, we expect to induct five to six warships/submarines per year," Joshi said.
In spite of this fact, Indias naval forces are not strong enough to challenge Beijing, Chaulia told RT.
I think that Indias naval chiefs statement is more about enhancing on capabilities. Hes saying that were trying to be more prepared. Certainly the eastern command of the Indian Navy is no match to the Peoples Republic of China Navy There is no comparison, Chaulia said.
Vietnam will set up civilian patrols, backed by marine police and a border force, beginning January 25 to stop foreign vessels from violating fishing laws in Vietnamese waters. The move is seen as a response to Chinese media publishing new rules stating that police in the southern Chinese province of Hainan can board and seize foreign vessels in the disputed territories.
The oil-rich South China Sea has seen a number of territorial disputes between nations in the region, including China, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapure, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia.
The Chinese naval buildup, which includes the ongoing sea trials of the nations first aircraft carrier, have troubled its neighbors, who say that Beijings military superiority gives China undue leverage in the disputes.
Joseph Cheng, a Hong-Kong based political analyst, said the latest tensions are about showcasing military might: Because of domestic nationalism, the Indian government cant afford to be seen to be weak in dealing with China. Chinese authorities, on one hand, have to satisfy domestic nationalist sentiment, and at the same time, it would like to avoid serious conflict, an escalation of tension with its neighbors.
Territorial claims by nations in the South China Sea region.
I called it.
AIPEC nations and those who depend on the shipping lanes at risk of chinas bogus territorial claims will eventually result in a shooting war with China eventually losing so typically their phony confederation will be ended and seeing 57 distinct ethnic minorities finally freed, China will be reduced to less than 500 million Mandarins.
That is the true and ethnic makeup of the Chinese.
The Tibetans, Urahgryrs, et al will retreat to their ethnic zones never to be bothered by Red China again.
IN has operated carriers and knows a few things about it as opposed to PRC-Navy which is learning the ropes now. Now if only the IN gets its 3 carriers in time, but like all things Indian (or Russian in one case) things take their own sweet time.
But gotta hand it to PRC-Navy for pushing their development in numbers and capability off-late.
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Thanks for the ping. Could get interesting.
The Indian Navy has also done something else. They are not afraid to pull a trigger. In their piracy efforts, they are more aggressive than the USN in that respect.
Also, India is a nuclear power. They have about 100 nukes on ICBMs against China with about 240.
It’s enough that China would be devastated.
India is more able to defend itself than it’s appearance would give the casual observer.
The problem that both USN and IN face is political leadership is filled with, excuse the word, pussies.
India’s population growth rate is on track to enable India to surpass China’s population the near future. India’s population isn’t that much less than China now. India is either in the process of creating additional army units or already has to counter China over disputed land areas.
India and it’s well planned economic growth based on education and business formation is China’s real Achilles heal.
India and China square off and duke it out; THAT would be the show of the century.