外文标题：After submarine training, India likely to train Vietnamese pilots to fly Sukhois
NEW DELHI: After kicking-off submarine training for Vietnamese sailors last year, India is likely to coach Vietnam Air Force pilots in flying Sukhoi fighters as well, in keeping with the stepped-up defence cooperation between the two countries.
Both India and Vietnam are, of course, concerned about China's assertive behaviour in the Asia-Pacific region, and are steadily building cooperation in military training and "capacity-building" as well as in joint oil exploration in the contentious South China Sea.
Even as Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung began his two-day visit here on Monday, defence ministry sources said the Sukhoi training agreement being "actively" discussed by the two sides was likely "to be finalized in the near future".
The training would be on the pattern of the "underwater combat training" already underway for Vietnamese sailors at the Navy's submarine school INS Satavahana in Visakhapatnam since October 2013, as was then reported by TOI.
"54 Vietnamese sailors per batch are undergoing the 12-month programme. Vietnam is inducting Russian Kilo-class submarines and Sukhoi fighters, both of which we operate, to strengthen its military capabilities," said a source.
India is also transferring four naval offshore patrol vessels to the East Asian country under a $100 million credit line. India, in the past, has supplied spares for the Russian-origin Petya class warships and OSA-II class missile boats of the Vietnamese Navy, apart from continuing to train its military personnel in information technology and English language skills.
Indian warships also make regular port calls in Vietnam. Incidentally, after Indian warships were also "confronted" by the Chinese Navy in the South China Sea, New Delhi had send out a clear message that all must respect the "freedom of navigation in international waters" and the "right of passage" in accordance with accepted principles of international law.
India has experienced in 4 wars against pakistan and one full scale war against China. Vietnam has full scale war experience against US. But Japan had experience which is very old (upto 1942). But US is polishing their war skills every day. Coming to China, China is lacking experience in the war. Mainly, experience plays a major role in the war. So, India, Vietnam and Japan should stand firm against China to make its tail fold. If US wants to join hands with us, we welcome it.
Manish Bhatt ()
Good strategy Modi govt. Many countries around South China sea are apprehensive about China's intention. They seek a strong and reliable partner whom they can bank upon in times of need. India can be the leading choice on that front and we should play our cards well.
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Amit Kumar ()
China think like whole asia is their property...They are moving toward dictatorship which is not good for any country.
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Pallavi Kas (Noida)
if vietenam can dare china ..why Shiuld India refrain from doing so ??? India should collaborate with Russia, Vietenam over China related issues.
Ashwin S (Unknown)
Good exercise by the Indian flyers but our flying machines are dropping from the skies with alarming frequency , we need to find out why
Sajeev G (Unknown)
I think we need as many friends as can get to stand against china. they have a huge population with strong defence and india cant compete with that alone
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