Yuan Wang 6 to monitor Indian missile or Chinese satellite launches? | Latest India News
Although the Indian Navy is monitoring the movements of the Chinese satellite and ballistic missile tracking vessel Yuan Wang 6 as part of its maritime domain awareness, the vessel is not expected to enter any seaports in Sri Lanka. The vessel entered the Indian Ocean region on November 4 via the Lombok Strait, approximately 3,500 kilometers from Port Blair.
While media based on the Twitter feed reported that the ship was out to monitor scheduled ballistic missile launches off the coast of APJ Kalam Island this month, national security planners aren’t too sure. worried because China has the ability to monitor Indian missile launches through Satellite.
According to South Block officials, the strategic support ship was actually in the Indian Ocean monitoring Chinese satellite launches scheduled for Nov. 12 and later this month. Unlike her sister ship Yuan Wang 5, which docked at the leased Chinese port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka in August, the Yuan Wang 6 is not expected to enter any Sri Lankan port but is in the open sea south of the Lombok Strait.
The fact is that Chinese strategic ships are increasingly surveying the Indian Ocean region as they explore alternative routes to the Strait of Malacca by mapping the ocean floor. Chinese ships can only enter the Indian Ocean region through the Straits of Malacca, Sunda, Lombok, Ombai or Vetar, all of which are partially or fully controlled by Indonesia.
Beijing is not only exploring sea routes in the Indian Ocean to reach the Chinese base of Djibouti on the east coast of Africa far away from India, but also across the Arctic Circle to reach European ports such as Hamburg, where the Chinese company COSCO bought more than 24 p. cent of equity.
India, for its part, has made known to its neighbours, especially Sri Lanka, the risks of allowing Chinese military ships to dock in their port for refueling or for rest and recreation purposes. He also asked those countries not to use their tankers to refuel Chinese warships on the high seas, as it would impact bilateral relations with India.
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