After its naval incursions in South China sea, China has started venturing into Indian water zone in the Indian Ocean and some of the submarines have been spotted near the Andamans. As china steps up its undersea activities, India has now turned to Washington seeking its help to track and stop the ambitious neighbour’s ventures.
Both the countries are in talks to help each other track submarines in the Indian Ocean, military officials say, a move that could further tighten defence ties between New Delhi and Washington as China steps up its undersea activities. Talks will centre round on anti submarine warfare (ASW), an area of sensitive military technology and closely held tactics that only allies share.
Military and navy officers felt that China has challenged India’s domination in Indian Ocean. ‘It is quite common that Chinese submarines have been sighted on an average four times every three months. Some are seen near India’s Andamans and Nicobar islands that lie near the Malacca Straits, the entry to the South China Sea through which more than 80 percent of China’s fuel supplies pass. If this trend continues, China may lay claim on some part of the Indian zone as well” an officer said on condition of anonymity.