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Indian Navy Chief raises concerns over China's increasing warships

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Outlining that the Chinese added 80 warships in last five years, on Wednesday raised concerns over growing might of in the sea-warfare, while terming it "a force which is here to stay".

Addressing an interactive session at Raisina Dialogue, Lanba said, "No doubt is spending a huge sum of money to develop their capability. In my opinion, no has grown so rapidly in the last 200 years as the They have added 80 new ships in the last five years. is a force and it is a force which is here to stay."

He also emphasised over the increased and continuous presence of in the and added, "Since 2008 there has been a permanent presence of the Chinese Navy in the region in the form of an anti-piracy escort force. At any given time there are 6-8 Chinese Navy ships in the northern part of the "

Talking further about the Chinese overseas facility at Djibouti, Lanba also questioned the role of submarines for anti-piracy operations.

"Two years ago, they commissioned their 1st overseas facility in and stated that aim of this is to protect their trade flowing through this area. They have deployed submarines for anti-piracy operation which is the most unlikely platform to be used for this role," said the

In December last year, Lanba had informed that necessary steps are being taken to increase security in the Indian Ocean region.

He had said that the process of information sharing among the countries concerned has been accorded renewed impetus at the highest level to enhance collective maritime security in the Indian Ocean region (IOR).

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 06:50 IST