According to a news report by Reuters, UK on May 2, with increased activities by China in the Indian Ocean, India and the United States are currently in talks regarding cooperating with each other in tracking submarines. Further, the navies of both the countries will hold talks over anti-submarine warfare. The report said that anti-submarine warfare is an area of highly sensitive military technology, and its tactics are shared only amongst allies.
Quoting an Indian naval officer, the report said that Chinese submarines can be spotted four times every three months on an average. Among them, some have already reached close to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Reuters says that these islands lie near the Malacca Straits, the entry to the South China Sea through which more than 80% of China’s fuel supply pass.
An Indian naval spokesperson said that India and U.S will hold a joint exercise in the northern Philippine Sea in June this year, and the focus will be anti-submarine warfare. Japan, another US ally which had been tracking Chinese submarines in the western Pacific also will participate in the exercise.
Reuters says that both US and India are growing concerned at the reach and ambition of the Chinese navy. Last month India, shedding its decades-old stand of not aligning with US, agreed to share its military bases with US. (Wang Xiaoxiong)