Since they are willing, we should base a few of our naval assets in Vietnam.
I would feel that it is better to patrol the seas around so that one develops intimate details of the seas rather than being shore bound.
By basing in foreign lands indicates hegemonic tendencies and maybe construed to be aggressive and unwarranted. Tthat is not a good sign for others around the area.
It is better to be a threat in being than prove a threat.
Further, India has no extra territorial ambitions.
Without a military alliance with a country within this area, india cannot even find the excuse to threat anybody.
Without a proper military support from any country with this area, indan navy's boat would be vulnerable to any military threat.
So, the question is that: Is india powerfull enough to get involved in any military conflict in an area thousands miles away?
Vietnam offers navy base to foil China - Telegraph
Vietnam offers navy base to foil China
WPR Article | Vietnam, India Boost Naval Ties to Counter China
Vietnam, India Boost Naval Ties to Counter China
Even as Vietnam and China continue to conduct tit-for-tat naval maneuvers in the South China Sea, Hanoi has started making direct calls for foreign involvement in the two nations' maritime territorial dispute. While many commentators saw this as a thinly veiled invitation to the United States, it could also be a precursor to India establishing a permanent presence in Vietnamese waters. India has apparently responded favorably to Vietnam's offer of permanent berthing rights in Na Thrang port. The move would not only add military heft to India's "Look East" policy, but is also emblematic of a larger Indian effort to counter China's activities in South Asia.
Although Vietnam more than held its own in its 1979 border war with China, its record against the latter at sea is less impressive, as incidents in both 1974 and 1988 show. Even in 1979, Chinese naval action against Vietnam was only checked by the presence of Soviet ships. Since then the asymmetry in naval power between China and Vietnam has grown exponentially in the former's favor, while Hanoi has lost its Soviet-era security guarantees. Although Vietnam's decision to hold live naval drills in the wake of the cable-cutting incident in mid-June was seen as a show of resolve, it did little to temper ongoing Chinese surveys in disputed areas. ...
For how long can China keep playing the cat and mouse game with her neighbouring nations in South East Asia? It looks like all these nations will enter in arms race to offset China's growing aggressiveness. What if China decides to take on Vietnam and Philippines together in one shot in SCS? Which countries will come to their help? Which way will Russia drift to protect her economic and military interest? If Russia comes to Vietnam's rescue, What will happen to Russia's long term contract to supply much needed energy products to China?
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The moment things start heating, the USN will just simply place itself in the middle, PLAN wont dare. Simple. Or we will have new barrier reef in South china sea.
Just keep this in mind: in south asia sea, it is the game that china vs the rest. It is everyone against the others. So, USA is reluctant to explicitly claim its support for anyone.
Are you listening to yourself chicom, the more you thrust on multiple parties in the same area at the same time, more they will be worried and have an incentive for an alliance. The asian alliance against China, is a reality that is going to happen in the near future.Why would China takes them together? They are not in any military alliance? They don't even act together?
You believe the 'esclation' matrix is under chinese control, its not. Vietnam will and can decide how much the islands mean to them. Russians are a possibly ally to you, no doubt. But that still doesnt make you anything other completely ----ed in China seas. You just messed with too many people at the same time. USA moving into Australia is more than ample evidence.Tell me what is Russia's economic and military interest in South China Sea? China didn't threat vietnam's homeland. China didn't threat to block the sea line. Besides, Russia's effort to turn that Shanghai organisation into kind of military alliance clearly indicate that its plan for near future: Sino-Russia vs USA.
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