Defence Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman said on Tuesday 8 May 2018 that there is no tension between the
navies of India and China in the strategic Indian Ocean, which has been
witnessing increasing activities by the PLA Navy; the minister was responding
to a question on the “tussle” between India and China.
The facts that led to the
question were increased Chinese presence in the region, construction of a
deep-sea Gwadar port in Southern Pakistan and above all a naval base in
Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.
The region also has Chinese ships deployed for anti-piracy operations.
When asked about any change in the strategy after the visits of PM Modi, EAM
Sushma Swaraj and of the Defence Minister to China, Nirmala Sitharaman said, "We
are talking, we are meeting each other - and that is a big change."
defence personnel of the two countries were locked in a 73-day standoff in
Doklam area near Sikkim last year and it had resulted in tension between the
two Asian giants.
to reports that there was a directive to the Army not to be aggressive on the
borders, the Defence Minister said she was not aware of it.