EIJING: Amid escalating tensions with the US over disputed South China Sea, China on Tuesday unveiled an assertive military strategy enhancing its naval reach for the first time to “open seas protection” far from its shores, which could pose a challenge to the Indian Navy, especially in the Indian Ocean.
Striking an aggressive posture, China also outlined plans to build two lighthouses in disputed islands in South China Sea (SCS), which could further fuel tensions with maritime neighbours — Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei — backed by the US in their opposition to Chinese claims of sovereignty to whole of SCS.
With the world’s largest standing army of 2.3 million troops, China’s annual defence budget of over $145 billion this year is far higher than India’s $40 billion.
who can challenge india when we have US.
i am an indian in china these people still think of indians as their brothers “hindi-chini bhai bhai” however we keep on moving close to the Americans who will find a possible way to back stab us when they would require it.
Kamaraj Durairaj ()
We have to very careful with chaina . Modi is only man belive chaina .
kaipulla vvsangam () replies to Mohammed
US along with UK , China & Pak is also an enemy to India ! (Former 2 sent war ships to destroy india in 1971 and later 2 fought wars with us )
nearmsp MN (USA) replies to kaipulla vvsangam
Why don’t you go back to 1500s? Going by your logic Germany should be arch enemy of US. Get real. US and UK are democratic countries and are not enemy of India. Only a commie would say that.
Sheep inwolvesclothes (Conoor)
China is modernising its navy and at a much faster pace than India
patriot gt (Unknown)
Not challenge to us alone but it is specially for America and Japan..
its time to join hand with japan usa phillipines vietnam taiwan to counter this greedy dragon…..indias foreign policies are to be revisited n changed …we shud call n enemy an enemy n we shud ally with countries with common interest to get mutual benefits
kaipulla vvsangam ()
Let our enemies take on each other , India just wait and watch US taking china and don’t ever be a proxy for any of them!
need to improve our standards and capabilities to counter China quickly
Valery Rubin (Canada)
it is to be expected. China – maritime power, which has interests in the world’s oceans. However, we must fear that the navy can be used to put pressure on other countries in South-East Asia.
kishore thakrar (uk)
China must thank the western countries greed for quick profits to get them to shift production to China and catch with technology and surpluses from exports.
vsuresh vsuresh (Hyderabad)
Not a challenge for India, it’s a challenge for US and Japan.
nearmsp MN (USA) replies to vsuresh vsuresh
Wrong. US has no land there. The spratley islands are claimed by several countries.
PVerma Verma (Bangalore)
I hope PM, ACT EAST will work wonder. He is aggressively visiting and making friends with south east asian countries!!!
Titto Tripathy (Unknown)
Only if we can turn our neighbouring countries to be our friend, we can relax in Peace. Like US Canada and Mexico are sharing the borders but they are at peace
Indian Jai Hind (India)
Get Ready !
Being served Nation Motherland India, I can say China is a Buddhist Country and Never have Invasive style else all Asian Countries are nothing if war begin with China it can win… !! in 1962 we saw what mistake Indian Royal Family did and got … !