Increase in number of warships in Indian ocean region: Sitharaman : Indian defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that China opened its first overseas military base at Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and the country has set up or acquired stakes in the region by building a series of infrastructure facilities.Sitharaman said, “at least 14 Chinese warships and submarines have been deployed in the Indian Ocean for various purposes like ‘anti-piracy’ by China”. She said about India-China border dispute, “Land-based disputes and riparian issues, which are predominantly a legacy of the colonial rule, are a key cause for conflict”.
Indian Navy recently decided on greater permanent deployment of warships around choke points such as narrow sea straits to counter China and project power away from the Indian shores. The minister also talked about a steady increase in the number of Indian warships operating in the region.
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