Defence

Here Is How India Is Making Smart And Silent Moves To Counter China’s ‘String Of Pearls’ Strategy

India has been moving quietly over the past few years to counter China’s ‘String Of Pearls’ strategy to encircle India and limit its role in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement that India signed with Australia on 3 June is the latest in a series of such deals that New Delhi has been inking with friendly countries to foil China’s expansionist designs and hegemonic tactics in the IOR.

These agreements are force multipliers for the Indian Navy and allow the country’s naval ships to operate far beyond the country’s shores.

With these, the Indian Navy has become a formidable blue water force capable of maintaining open sea lanes, upholding freedom of navigation and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

China has been often and justifiably accused by many countries of violating UNCLOS and not adhering to an international rules-based order.

These reciprocal agreements allow Indian naval ships berthing and access to storage facilities in naval bases of those countries and also mid-ocean refuelling by tankers of those countries.

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