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Andaman should be opened to US, Japan to track Chinese submarine in IOR: Ex-Indian diplomat

A retired Indian diplomat has suggested the opening of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the friendly navies of the US, Japan, Australia and France so as to promote greater naval cooperation.

Chinoy, who has served as India’s ambassador to Japan and also as consul general in Shanghai, in his latest paper titled, “Time to Leverage the Strategic Potential of Andaman & Nicobar Islands”, argues that China has rapidly expanded its maritime presence in the Indian Ocean littoral and has enhanced its Operational Turnaround (OTR) in the Indian Ocean which includes developing new bases in Pakistan’s Gwadar and Djibouti, a country located in the Horn of Africa.

Chinese naval and survey vessels have entered India’s EEZ without prior intimation 

Chinoy, who is the director-general of the Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, further says that India needs to be wary of Chinese interest in IOR as in the past many Chinese naval and survey vessels have entered India’s EEZ without prior intimation.

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