March 27, 2013

China & India on collision course as oil & gas tension mounts.


The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India's oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region.

India has sparred diplomatically with China in the past over its gas and oil exploration block off the coast of Vietnam. China claims virtually the entire mineral-rich South China Sea and has stepped up its military presence there. Other nations such as Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia have competing claims.

Indian state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has a stake in a gas field in the Nam Con Son basin, off Vietnam's south coast.

Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K Joshi said while India was not a claimant in the dispute over territorial rights in the South China Sea, it was prepared to act, if necessary, to protect its maritime and economic interests in the region.

"When the requirement is there, for example, in situations where our country's interests are involved, for example ONGC ... we will be required to go there and we are prepared for that," Joshi told a news conference.

"Now, are we preparing for it? Are we having exercises of that nature? The short answer is yes," he said.

He described the modernization of China's navy as "truly impressive" and acknowledged that it was a source of major concern for India.

Any display of naval assertiveness by India in the South China Sea would likely fuel concern that the navies of the two rapidly growing Asian giants could be on a collision course as they seek to protect trade routes and lock in the supply of coal, minerals and other raw material from foreign sources.

"It is one of the most important international waterways and freedom of navigation there is an issue of utmost concern to India because a large portion of India's trade is through the South China Sea," said Brahma Chellaney, analyst at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Chellaney, however, played down Joshi's comments, saying the Indian navy's focus would remain on the Indian Ocean, which the Asian nation views as its strategic backyard.


rustm said...

There can be no collision, only retreat after some yaping from India,Indian Diplomats and IAS/IFS Political class.
Thus since the IAS/IFS have fooled India time and again stating that " Military option is no option". This is the biggest fallacy and farce as how can one exercise an option beyond his/her control. This goes hand in hand with non up gradation of India's military equipment, no infrastructure .
Thus when China flexes its muscle not only in the Indo Vietnam oil sector, but other sectors in the region including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, India will not be able to do anything...When the IAS/IFS talk firmer, a few bullets from across the border will get a few soldiers killed, which has never bothered the IAS/IFS/POlitical class, then terrorist activities will be enhanced to build more pressure on India and since the policing force of the country that counters terrorism is not in any way matched with the terrorists, an environment made by the IAS that it becomes impossible for a professional to join the policing force. India will be forced to withdraw from such partnerships

We will again be told that " War is not an option" the biggest lie in the world as how can one exercise an option beyond ones control? But this because the IAS/IFS have neglected their duty be it up gradation of equipment,building infrastructure and making it conducive for professionals to join the ranks.
Instead the IAS has acted in a way that now even the armed forces does not become viable for a professional to join it. Look at the IAS workings...Non implementation of Supreme court's ruling of OROP . This will further aid in more people leaving the services and more youngsters not thinking the services are a right option, this decison of the IAS of not giving the armed forces its dues inspite of India's military being short staffed due to such illegalities done by the IAS.

With threats looming from all directions including economics as such partnerships that boost economy cannot be upheld due to a weak army...The IAS now wants to do to the armed forces what it did to the policing force..make it incompetent force who will only be slaves to the IAS/Political class.

So there will be no collision because the IAS will make sure we cannot counter anti India strategies, we cannot enforce pro india strategies. India can only withdraw and like an empty vessel, the IAS/IFS/Political class will make a noise.

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