Aware of China's objective to be 'maritime power': Government

Aware of China's objective to be 'maritime power': Government

Published
Hot News Text
1 min read
Indian Parliament. (File Photo: IANS)
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The government is aware of China's objective to become a maritime power and India is keeping a constant watch on it, Parliament was told on Wednesday.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said: "The government is aware of China's stated objective of becoming a 'maritime power'."
"As part of this strategy, China is undertaking maritime activities and developing ports and other infrastructure facilities in littoral countries in the Indo-Pacific region, including in the vicinity of India's maritime boundary.
"The government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India's security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it," Bhamre said.
The Minister was asked by Congress's K.V. Thomas if the Naval chiefs of Quadrilateral Nations -- the United States, Japan, Australia and India -- have called China a disruptive power.
Bhamre said Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba made no such statement.
US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris had called China a "disruptive force" in the Indo-Pacific region, during an event in New Delhi in January this year, where he shared the dais with Admiral Lanba, Australian Navy chief Vice Admiral Tim Barret and Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano -- the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of Japan Self-Defense Forces.
--IANS
ao/nir/dg

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!