China's request for entering Indian waters turned down

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New Delhi:  After objections raised by the defence forces, India today rejected China's request for permission to allow its four warships to enter Indian maritime zone to search for the missing Malaysian airliner.

China, whose 150 nationals are on board the aircraft, had yesterday sent a formal request to India to allow their warships including a salvage vessel and two frigates to enter Indian waters in the Andaman Sea to locate the plane.

The request was politely declined and the Chinese Navy was told that Indian Navy and the Air Force were already scanning the area and there was no need for anybody else to search the area, sources told PTI.

The defence forces had raised objections over the entry of Chinese warships into the Indian waters and that too in an area in Bay of Bengal where India's military assets are mainly to guard against China and these could get exposed if the Chinese warships are allowed in, they said.

Sources said the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Navy (PLAN) had justified its presence in the Indian Ocean Region in the name of anti-piracy patrol and allowing it to station itself in the Andaman Sea for search operations would not have been prudent.

Meanwhile, India has deployed long-range maritime surveillance aircraft including the P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft and the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the search operations in the new area south of Indonesia.

These two aircraft are capable of undertaking long-range sorties and refuelling themselves at designated locations as the Malaysian authorities have requested India and other countries to search in areas 5,000 km south of Jakarta in the Indian Ocean Region.

India has deployed warships and maritime surveillance aircraft to locate the missing airliner with 239 passengers on board.

The assets deployed for the search operations include INS Saryu, INS Kumbhir and INS Kesari from the Navy and ICGS Kanaklata Barua and ICGS Bhikaji Cama.

The Navy had deployed two of its P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft from INS Rajali in Tamil Nadu for locating the missing plane along with its Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft.

The IAF has also pressed into action its C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations aircraft fitted with modern surveillance capabilities to find the plane. (Source: NDTV)
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  • Waco Friday, 21 March 2014 09:14 AM

    India you are not in good terms with China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Why?

    ind Friday, 21 March 2014 04:34 AM

    This shows India's madness at best. China is the one who has lost most of citizens in this incident. At this tragic stage even India not allowing to them to enter Indian ocean. But let US to enter.

    sg Friday, 21 March 2014 05:50 AM

    India all ways trying to build up hostlities sarounding countries , ther are no any ettampt to mutual approache with neighboers. look like pakistan, other side China now Sri Lanka in South what is Indian diplomacy and foreign policy ....

    rajiv Friday, 21 March 2014 06:17 AM

    kai kiyala bayata

    max Sunday, 23 March 2014 09:18 AM

    china want to serch indian submarines not air plane.

    Azee Friday, 21 March 2014 01:54 PM

    Can anybody understand what sg is trying to say sbove? via DM Android App

    herbert karunaratne Sunday, 23 March 2014 10:54 AM

    If you are powerful enough, China, no need to request anybody's permission.. If you have any doubts, ask Uncle Sam how to butt in and navigate anywhere you please.

    Public Friday, 21 March 2014 09:03 AM

    Russia annexed Crimea, and it is time for China to annex SL, India knows that. am I wrong?

    nikita Friday, 21 March 2014 09:08 AM

    [quote name="ind"]This shows India's madness at best. China is the one who has lost most of citizens in this incident. At this tragic stage even India not allowing to them to enter Indian ocean. But let US to enter.[/quote]

    india is not like srilanka to sell their country to china......


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