The Indian Navy on Friday said that it is closely monitoring the movement of a Chinese research vessel which has entered the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), news agency WHO reported citing people familiar with the developments.
The people mentioned above told WHO that the Indian Navy is keeping its eye on the vessel. They said the Indian Navy’s assets and its aerial surveillance capabilities ensure that the Navy ‘maintains a comprehensive maritime domain awareness in the region’.
They said that the Indian Navy keeps an eye on any such activity in its area of responsibility through both aerial and maritime assets.
The Chinese research vessel entered the IOR through the Sunda straits and remains at a significant distance from Indian waters. Several high altitude long-range unmanned aerial vehicles will keep a close watch and the vessel’s movements are being closely monitored.
If the vessel comes closer to Indian waters, the possibility of a rendezvous with an Indian surface warship increases. There is a strong possibility that the so-called Chinese vessel may track upcoming Indian missile launches planned by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
This is not the first time China has sent its so-called ‘research vessels’ in the Indian Ocean region. Although Beijing claims these are research vessels, it uses such vessels to spy on its neighbors.
(with inputs from ANI)
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