The defence personnel of India and China were locked in a 73-day standoff in Doklam last year and it had resulted in serious tensions between the two countries. There were a lot of criticisms faced by the NDA government after this Doklam Standoff arised between the two countries. Opposition and the seculars in India who have been targeting PM Modi and his NDA Government for their firm decisions and policies, here is your answer.
According to topmost sources who reported that, India has now decided to station fighter aeroplanes in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to strengthen India’s hold over the crucial Malacca, Sunda and Lombok Strait and the Straits of Ombai Wetar and the eastern Indian Ocean Region.
This is the first time fighter aeroplanes will be positioned in Andaman and Nicobar islands after the occurrence of World War II. The Malacca, Sunda and Lombok straits are narrow ocean passes that connect the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea. About 70% of world’s trade, by volume and energy, passes through these narrow straits.
To all those who have been cribbing that Modi is going soft on China.
“First time since WWII, India to station fighter planes in Andaman & Nicobar to counter China”
— Devesh Sharma (@devesh_s_sharma) May 9, 2018
If you notice over the last few years, more and more Chinese warships and submarines including nuclear submarines have been spotted in India’s backyard as the game to dominate the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) hots up. Recently, the Indian Navy sent a tacit message to Beijing that it will keep an eye over the region by tweeting pictures of Chinese warships entering the Indian Ocean Region.
“There is absolutely no tension between the navies of India and China in the strategic Indian Ocean, which has been noticing increasing activities by the PLA Navy”, as told by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “There was no tension in the Indian Ocean, in the Navy against China,” she spoke responding to a question on the tussle between China and India in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The recent visit of PM Narendra Modi to China has changed the dynamics of the India-China relations. Our PM has played a major role in establishing better relations between the two countries and resulted in bilateral relations. The country which was once considered as poor and backward, it now stands at the top-most among all other nations.
Responding to a query on the result of the recent top-level visit of Prime Minister Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her visit to China, Ms Sitharaman said, “We are talking and we are meeting each other. This is the big change.”
Andaman and Nicobar Island is referred as the “Line of Defence” against the enemies. Aggressive China has been in the form to attack for some time now. The PM Modi government, however, has put more energy and focus to realise this. The decision to beef up security at the Andaman and Nicobar island comes at a time when India and China are looking to cool down tempers along the 3,488 km long un-demarcated and disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) after an informal summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping last month.
“The India Navy has positioned about 19 capital warships in the area and has built two floating docks to repair and refurbish warships. Warships no longer need to be brought to the docks in mainland India for repairs,” said a senior Navy officer explaining the significance of setting repair and maintenance facilities in the island chain.
Top government sources, who didn’t want to be named, told the sources that air bases in Car Nicobar and on Campbell Bay has been identified as possible bases for the fighter planes. “The Andamans must emerge as one of India’s top most outposts to project power,” the officer said. While the base at Car Nicobar needs upgrades, the airstrip at Campbell Bay is being extended to accommodate heavier aircraft. As of now, the Russian made Mi17V5 helicopters are stationed in Car Nicobar airbase.
Now, can we have questions raised by the Anti- Modi brigade over this? What do they have to say now? Is PM Modi still not thinking about the safer side of the nation? Is he still favouring China? PM’s counter goals are better than what you can think off, so do not think of questioning him!