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Amid Doklam standoff with India, China’s navy holds rare live-fire drill in Indian Ocean

The fleet carried out strikes against "enemy" surface ships and completed transverse replenishment of fuel and drinking water during an exercise that lasted for several days, the report said without disclosing the exact location.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published: August 25, 2017 8:58 pm
China, China indian ocean, Indian ocean china, India China indian ocean, China military drills, China drills indian ocean In this image taken from video, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Sunday, July 30, 2017 during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the PLA on Aug. 1 at Zhurihe training base in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (CCTV via AP Video)

China’s navy has held a rare live-fire drill in the Indian Ocean to improve its fleet’s performance under real combat circumstance, state media reported on Friday. A Chinese naval formation consisting of the destroyer Changchun, guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and supply vessel Chaohu conducted the drill in the waters of the western Indian Ocean, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The fleet carried out strikes against “enemy” surface ships and completed transverse replenishment of fuel and drinking water during an exercise that lasted for several days, the report said without disclosing the exact location. The drill is aimed at improving the ships’ performance under real combat circumstances, said Chen Denan, chief of staff of the Chinese fleet.

The fleet is on a half-year friendship visit to Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania and has conducted joint exercises with foreign navies from 10 countries since it started its voyage on April 23, the report said. Since the standoff with India at Doklam in the Sikkim section, China has been flexing its military muscle by holding several publicised live-fire exercises in Tibet.

This is the first-time in recent years, the Chinese navy has conducted the naval exercise in the Indian Ocean. The exercise followed the recent Malabar Naval exercises held in the Indian Ocean by the navies of India, the US and Japan. China, which has been ramping up its naval power to enhance its global reach, recently operationalised its first overseas logistics naval base at Djibouti at the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean and signed a 99-year lease to acquire the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka.

China has also acquired the strategic Gwadar port in Pakistan which is being linked to China’s Xinjiang province through the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor traversing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:12 am
    Why is India not building Islands in the Indian Ocean to claim all of it for itself, just as the Chinese have claimed the South China Sea?
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      sahussain
      Aug 26, 2017 at 5:55 am
      Bm indian media is cominal that is why ........
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        Aug 26, 2017 at 5:09 am
        It is the INDIAN ocean. The weakness in the supposedly strategic overreach of the Chinese navy and the weak string of pearls is so obvious and elementary. It was the English channel and the English Royal Navy that effectively protected England from Napoleonic France and Hitler's Germany and subsequently turned the tide and helped to contain/defeat them. Napoleon and Hitler, despite being superpowers of their times could only gaze England from across the English Channel. It was so near and always so far for them. In this case it is an OCEAN (INDIAN). How could China maintain its supply lines? Apart from the Indian navy, the US navy is still very powerful and really has a global outreach with effective supply lines. Gawadhar, Dijibouti Hambatonta will be snuffed out like Karachi and Chittagong in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. At best and worst, the Chinese Navy ships can fire a missile or two at India like the German warship Emden and run away or be destroyed. AND the ocean is its breadline.
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          Aug 26, 2017 at 4:27 am
          At the end of September 2014, Modi became prime minister after more than four months, on a visit to the United states. The visit was unusual for him - for the past ten years, the US government had put modi on the visa blacklist and refused entry. Finally, however, the smooth access to modi in the United States, encountered another embarrassing thing. An organization called the Justice Center in the United States filed a lawsuit against Modi in New York on charges of crimes against humanity". They wrote in the pe ion, "Modi intentionally and maliciously instructed the India authorities to cute innocent people, there is evidence to support this conclusion."." The suit and the visa ban all stem from a tragedy in Gujarat, his hometown, in 2002. In March 2, 2002, Gujarat, India, took the streets with weapons. Gujarat is located in the westernmost part of India, bordering on Pakistan, and commercial development. This is also a very important place in Modi's politi
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            Aug 26, 2017 at 4:31 am
            The morning of February 27, 2002, because of Hindu and Muslim Temple dispute, Gujarat Muslim high de la train station the murder occurred, a group of Muslims on a full set of Hindu activists attacked after a train, sleeper compartment fire, 58 India flames. In response, Modi, just in office, declared that the next day was a day of mourning. "The establishment of mourning day is an invitation to violence."." "Financial Times" reporter Edward Ruth said. Sure enough, a terrible violence began. India media reported at the time, tens of thousands of Hindu extremists gathered in Muslim communities into a death trap, was raped in a public occasion, pregnant women were publicly cut open the stomach, when women children face is cut throat, arrested the man was born with gasoline, after witnessing his wife and children were killed then be burned alive. Modi was a devout India. According to the India Vivekananda International Foundation Distinguished researcher Langa Charlie introduced
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              Aug 26, 2017 at 4:33 am
              In that tragedy, more than 400 women were raped, 2000 were murdered, the vast majority were Muslims, and 200 thousand people were homeless throughout the country. According to the witnesses and video feedback, many people dressed in a white shirt, khaki pants, wearing saffron scarf that is typical of national volunteer corps members. Later convicted member of Parliament, MayaKodnani, a senior member of the India people's Party of Modi, has evidence that she incited India Muslims to attack muslims. The tragedy shocked the world, and many media described the incident in terms of genocide, ethnic cleansing and the like. The outside world even suspected that Modi had not better protected civilians in the tragedy, and even indulged the mob in secret.
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                Aug 26, 2017 at 4:37 am
                The so-called Hindu characteristic is essentially a mixture of Hindu ethics and modern nationalism and fascism, as well as the ideological aim of the people's Party of India. It is claimed that the India Hindu India country, the history of Muslim hatred regime and the British colonial rule, to appeal to nationalism, suppress the Muslim, hope to establish a comprehensive with Hindu thought and aggressive Hindu country
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              Aug 26, 2017 at 4:22 am
              The drill is in Indian Ocean, perhaps it is a warning to US in Diego Garcia. Can India conduct a drill in South China Sea ?
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