‘Keeping a close eye on Chinese presence in Indian Ocean,’ says Admiral Lanba

India has been keeping “a very close eye” on China’s presence in the Indian Ocean, whose growth in recent years includes six submarines ostensibly for anti-piracy patrols, Admiral Sunil Lanba, chief of the naval staff, said here on Tuesday.

Addressing policy-makers, researchers and officers from the British and Indian navies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Lanba said China’s presence in the Indian Ocean is unlikely to go away. He shared the interaction with Admiral Philip Jones, first sea lord and chief of Royal Navy.

“The Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean started in 2008. It has grown over the years. At any given time, there are six to eight Chinese units in the northern part of the Indian Ocean.  Read More

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