US, Indian navies sharing information on Chinese subs, says Pacific Command chief

Although Pakistan does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Pacific Command, Admiral Harris said, “The relationship between China and Pakistan is of concern."

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2017 8:52 am
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Admiral Harry B Harris, Commander of the United States Pacific Command, Wednesday said that US and Indian navies have been sharing information on the movement of Chinese submarines and ships in the Indian Ocean. He also said India should be concerned about the increasing Chinese influence in the region.

“There is sharing of information regarding Chinese maritime movement in the Indian Ocean,” Admiral Harris said. The US, he said, works “closely with India and with improving India’s capability to do that kind of surveillance. Malabar exercise… helps us hone our ability to track what China is doing in the Indian Ocean. Chinese submarines are clearly an issue and we know they are operating through the region.”

Responding to a question from The Indian Express, the Commander said, “India should be concerned about the increasing Chinese influence in the region. If you believe that there is only finite influence, then whatever influence China has means that influence India does not have.”

Although Pakistan does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Pacific Command, Admiral Harris said, “The relationship between China and Pakistan is of concern, and in my discussions with my Indian counterparts, they are clearly concerned about that. I believe that China’s relations with Bangladesh is of some concern… India views China correctly and we share the same view of China and I think we are in a good place.”

Highlighting the signing of military logistics agreement between the two countries last year after a decade, he expected that the two pending foundational agreements, the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) — formerly known as the Communications and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) — and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) will also be signed but “at a pace India is comfortable with”.

COMCASA allows for secure exchange of communication between the militaries, while BECA is meant to facilitate the sharing of geospatial data. Emphasising their importance, he said that signing the COMCASA will allow the two navies to monitor Chinese submarines even better.

“In tangible terms, the P8 will be able to do more interoperable activities. The P8, as you know, is the world’s best anti-submarine warfare platform. India has the P8-I and we have the P-8A but they are completely uninteroperable because of different communication systems. In order to really maximise the potential of the aeroplane here in the Indian Ocean against those (Chinese) submarines we were talking about, we need to get this agreement through,” Admiral Harris said.

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First Published on: January 19, 2017 4:00 am
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    Citizen
    Jan 19, 2017 at 1:13 am
    Exactly why stan is calling it's "DAD" China in between . Did your dad say "me and my father(gpa) should come together" to work on your mother to give birth to you?!?!
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      Mytake
      Jan 19, 2017 at 12:32 am
      Is that news even? China has submarines to roam around.
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        Mytake
        Jan 19, 2017 at 12:30 am
        Is that news even? China has submarines to roam around. India has submarines to sink around like SINKUraksha, in the shipyards!
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          Mytake
          Jan 19, 2017 at 12:31 am
          Is that news even? China has submarines to roam around. India has submarines to sink around like Sinduraksh(Sinkuraksha), in the shipyards!!
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            Mytake
            Jan 19, 2017 at 12:32 am
            Is that news even? China has submarines to roam around. India has submarines to stink around like Sinduraksh, in the shipyards!!
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              DDCA
              Jan 19, 2017 at 12:34 am
              India has submarines to s i n k. around like Sinduraksha.
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                Chompsky
                Jan 19, 2017 at 2:34 am
                Brahmins have that notorious habit. A p p e a s i n g. Traditional lickspittle. My Tamil friend used to say: Katiyum koduppan kutiyum kon bramanan. How do you think they survided during British rule?
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                  MyTake
                  Jan 19, 2017 at 12:28 am
                  China has intimidated everyone in the neighbourhood and beyond. Everyone should come together to work on it for the long term benefit of humanity. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is not strange that in Chinese, stani and North Korean vocabulary humanity as a term non existent!
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                    MyTake
                    Jan 19, 2017 at 2:35 am
                    Influence of democracy that gives the right to express free will is good but influence of autocracy is bad. It suffocates human soul!
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                      MyTake
                      Jan 19, 2017 at 2:39 am
                      This is true because India had fake leaders in the past who did not quite understand what India's needs were!
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                        MyTake
                        Jan 19, 2017 at 2:32 am
                        Those who have been intimidated by China for quite a long time have the right and duty to come together pulling the available resources to take on it. It's a morallt;br/gt;Obligation to humanity. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You may not be one of those affected, so you are in your right to stay out!
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                          MyTake
                          Jan 19, 2017 at 2:37 am
                          You are fake!
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                            Ashok Sharma
                            Feb 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm
                            Since we have Dumbest of all previous Governments at the center atpresent now, India Willingly gets Tamed in and appears too eager to be sucked in like a Dumb in Rivalaries that do not concern us and rather would prove lethal to it and not at a distant date from now but probably sooner than expected. Our Foreign Policy Planners and Leaders direly need to be schooled in the Basics of #Governance / #Diplomacy !
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                              Bharat
                              Jan 19, 2017 at 7:58 am
                              Everybody survived under British including your fore fathers that why you are here as an Indian and not as convert(?)
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                                donut
                                Jan 19, 2017 at 5:38 am
                                Previous govts did well to stay clear from USA and their war mongering. BJP is digging a deep in deep alliance with US. we need focus on internal development and poverty first !!!!!!!!!
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                                  donut
                                  Jan 19, 2017 at 5:40 am
                                  lols. yes they did and we were fortunate to not have aligned with USA in the past. just look at it.. war in 7 countries and killing millions.
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                                    HR
                                    Jan 19, 2017 at 6:04 am
                                    Bhartiya Danga Party PM and Gujrat Danga Overseer Modi wants to throw India in a conflict with Muslim army of Nuclear stan and Huge ant army of Nuclear China, yes Ofcourse but with a small caveat though, with hungry BSF Jawans and preventing them to go to social media for compliments, with proud to be beef eater Dangai kiran jijuju, with crazy joker Dangai manoher nana Patekar, after selling BSF Jawans food to the black market at half price, with forcing 5 lakh Jawans to do officer's boot polish and similar degrading work, with no benefits to CRPF, with a gun on people's head, after taking all their money and disposing of his own money. That's how he roll, so gangsta. PM Modi then wants to jump to a podium and do name calling and mudslinging. Yes Ofcourse but with a small caveat though, he want to do this with his signature bizzare hand gestures. Biggest name calla and biggest mud slinga. He then wants to seize all black money, yes Ofcourse with a small caveat though, he wants to do this by short cut of demonetisation. Biggest hoax pulla. PM Modi then wants to pour cow mutra down people's throat and apply cow gober on people's face for best shade results. He then wants people to buy patanjali product only using digital transaction, yes Ofcourse with a small caveat though, with a gun on people's head.
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                                      Partha
                                      Jan 19, 2017 at 8:20 am
                                      You are definitely a NAMAKHARAM
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                                        Partha
                                        Jan 19, 2017 at 8:19 am
                                        You are definitely a basterd
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                                          Partha
                                          Jan 19, 2017 at 8:21 am
                                          You are definitely a basterd
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                                            Partha
                                            Jan 19, 2017 at 8:22 am
                                            You are definitely a basterd Porky
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