Indian warships to call at Chinese port

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    Indian warships will make a port of call to China later this month in a bid to keep alive the formal maritime relations between the two Asian giants preparing to hold the first maritime dialogue to avoid flashpoints on the high seas.

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    Indian warships will make a port of call to China later this month in a bid to keep alive the formal maritime relations between the two Asian giants preparing to hold the first maritime dialogue to avoid flashpoints on the high seas.

    To be commanded by Rear Admiral P Ajithkumar, the four warships from Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam will leave the Indian shore on Monday for a two-month deployment to the Far East up to Japan during which it will make a port of call to Sanghai.

    The naval contingent includes a Rajput-class destroyer, a Shivalik-class frigate, a Kora class missile corvet and a fleet tanker.

    The overseas deployment will last for two months. The fleet will pass through Malacca Strait and South China Sea and make port calls at Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Japan besides China.

    The port of call in China will be in reciprocation of a visit by a PLA Navy ship Zheng He that will be calling in Kochi on May 9 and stay there for three days. The Chinse ship is on a circumnavigation tour of the globe during which it allowed embarking of an Indian naval cadet—David Veeravalli—for a few days. He has embarked in Malaysia and will disembark at Kochi.

    The port of call by two neighbouring navies comes at a time when India and China agreed to launch a regular dialogue to avoid occasional high tension situations on the high seas.

    The mechanism was envisaged after Beijing made sovereignty claims on the South China sea last year, creating a regional crisis. When ships from Oil and Natural Gas Commission went to the South China Sea for oil exploration Beijing objected to that ruffling many feathers in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Prior to that, the INS Airavat was threatened over the radio by a person identifying the South China Sea as Chinese territory and asking the Indian warship to back off.

    In March last year, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi decided that two countries would hold maritime dialogues at regular intervals to avoid any future conflict. The two neighbours, however, agreed to cooperate with each other in tackling piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

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