India to join China’s fleet review, boost defence ties

Two Indian warships will be taking part in China’s international fleet review (IFR), as part of the continuing efforts to step-up bilateral military ties after the temporary freeze due to the 73-day troop stand-off at Doklam in 2017.

Indigenously-built guided-missile destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet tanker INS Shakti, which are on an annual overseas deployment to the contentious South China Sea where China is locked in territorial disputes with its neighbours, will arrive at the Chinese port city of Qingdao on Saturday.

“Our warships, during their stay in the harbour, will be open for visits by officials of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) and local populace to showcase India’s naval prowess and ship-building capability.

There will also be interactions with personnel from other navies participating in the IFR, which is being held as part of PLAN’s 70th anniversary Read More

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