New Delhi: Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said Chinese activities are increasing in Indian Ocean and added that the Indian Navy is constantly on guard.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the Navy Day celebrations on December 4, Singh said that the Chinese vessels may have entered IOR for an exercise with Pakistan.
Commenting on the recent intrusion of a Chinese vessel Shin Yan 1 which was driven away by the Indian Navy, Singh said: “Our stand is that if you have to work in our Exclusive Economic Zone, then you have to take our permission.”
Presence of China in the Indian Ocean region is increasing and we are constantly watching it… China and Pakistan are scheduled to hold an exercise, and to take part in this exercise their vessels must have entered the Indian Ocean Region,” Singh said.
The Admiral said: “We are putting our defence and security in place to ensure that threats from terror groups (like Al Qaeda) are thwarted. I want to assure that Navy along with the Coast Guard and other security agencies are ready to face any challenge”.