China’s very advanced Warships are a threat to India
As reported by The Beijing state media, China has already started working on the construction of its ambitious and very advanced warships. What is noteworthy is that these warships will be given to Pakistan. This warship will be equipped with the best in class guided missile frigates anti-ship, anti-submarine, and air-defense capabilities.
How is the plan a threat to India?
China’s Power Is Growing in the Indian Ocean
The China Daily has stated that the warship will help Pakistan to guard its areas in the sea and will also help in maintaining the “balance of power “in the Indian Ocean region. More than helping their ally, China is leaving no stone unturned to prove its dominance over India and the world.
String of Pearls:
With this piece of news reported by the Chinese media, it is becoming quite evident that there are stiff competition and strong chances of conflicts between the navies of both countries. The contest over small nations like Maldives and Seychelles is part of this bigger mission. India was already concerned about the Chinese presence in Gwadar.
The construction of an all equipped and advanced frigate will only add to its woes. India could block Pakistan’s maritime supply in case there of a conflict. However, the new warship might spoil India strategy to do so. Recently the New York Times had also reported about the militarization of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The confidential CPEC plan involves, the Times revealed, cooperation on building military jets and other lethal weapons.
China is helping Pakistan?
Till now, Pakistan is also the only nation that has the privilege to access the military services of China’s Beidou satellite navigation system. By these revelations, the intent of China’s initiatives for Pakistan and, precisely its belt and road initiative (BRI) has been unmasked.
China has friendly relations with India’s arch-rival. For them, Pak is the balancer against India. This is quite evident from the generous amount of economic and military aids being given to them. Not just the regular military supply, but the nuclear supplies also.
China has been trying to gain a strong foothold in the Indian Ocean, and it sees Pakistan as a helpful and strategically groomed asset for the task. With the help of Pakistan Navy, China can control the resources in the ocean. A possible solution for India would be to create strategic hubs to monitor and secure their coastlines.
What can India Do?
India should start working on the plans to harness the potential of Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the strategic hub for its Indo-Pacific strategy. These islands can enjoy a wonderful geographic advantage but have mostly been neglected to be considered as a port or naval base. While India has been cautious with China’s moves on the borders, it’s time that Delhi thinks about countering Beijing’s approach to use Pakistan as a balance against India.