Dragging India in naval war games to face-off with China is not workingJanuary 18, 2018
India has begun holding trilateral naval exercises with the United States and Japan and military experts say these ‘naval war games’ could eventually include Australia as well.
This shows the US concerns over China’s ability to dominate the South China Sea region and the need for the policeman of the world to get its allies to join forces against Beijing.
India-US-Japan war game with submarine hunting focus sends strong message to China.
But that did not budge China from continuing its efforts to keep the South China Sea within its grasp.
China has created military facilities about four times the size of Buckingham palace on contested islands in the South China Sea, a new report has said, calling the build-up a “slow-moving crisis” in one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.
All this were done while the rest of the world are engaged in talks and ‘war games’ on how to contain China in the seas.
“We must be willing to take the tough decisions to ensure the Indo-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean remain free, open and prosperous,” said the head of the United States military’s Pacific command Adm. Harry Harris. “This requires like-minded nations to develop capacities, leverage each other’s capabilities.”
Harris had earlier proposed joint patrols with the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean. New Delhi, worried about a backlash from China, said no such actions were planned.
The head of the United States military’s Pacific command called China a disruptive power in the Indo-Pacific region on Thursday (18/01) and urged countries in the area to build capabilities and work together to ensure free and open seas.
Adm. Harry Harris, known for his combative views on Beijing’s South China Sea expansion, was speaking at a security conference sponsored by the Indian government, where he was joined by the chief of staff, joint staff of Japan and the head of the Indian Navy, said Reuters.