India against direct intervention in South China Sea disputes despite having stakes in the region

first_imgThe navy has ruled out any active deployment in the dispute-ridden South China Sea claiming that its primary area of focus remains the Indian Ocean region where it has unfinished business. Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, however, said on Tuesday that there were global concerns about international trade routes in South China region not getting disrupted. He hoped that all should calibrate in such a manner that such a situation did not arise.”At this point of time, Pacific and South China Sea are of concern to the global community, but in terms of any active deployment from our side, it is not on the cards,” said Admiral Verma who retires later in August.The navy chief’s comments came in the wake of a recent verbal duel between Washington and Beijing over territorial disputes in South China Sea. India, too, has stakes in the region but has chosen to stay away from any direct intervention.The navy remained firm on the stated position that its focus will continue to remain on the area between Persian Gulf in the west to Malacca Strait on the east and Cape of Good Hope in the south.The Indian naval warships are on deployment in the entire region performing various tasks including anti-piracy operations.Its ships were present from the Horn of Africa to Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius providing surveillance.Admiral Verma shared developments on force augmentation.He said that nuclear submarine Arihant will be ready for sea trials in the coming months. The project has been delayed but he hoped that it will remain on track and the crucial nuclear triad would be in place soon.advertisement’AN OLD SEA DOG’Prompted by a MAIL TODAY write-up on his reticent demeanour, Admiral Nirmal Verma, who retires later in August after a career spanning more than four decades, called himself an “old sea dog” and wondered “if it was too late to learn new tricks?”In his farewell press conference, Verma said he was often made aware that he had not been forthcoming with any significantly sensational sound bytes, as are anticipated! “Yesterday’s edition of Mail Tday remarked upon my preference for reticence.I ask myself, ‘Is it too late for an old sea dog to learn new tricks’?” he said.Admiral Verma asked the media to introspect as the accomplishments of 1.3 million patriotic men and women in uniform are not covered to a degree commensurate to their sacrifice.last_img