Why India is developing its maiden deep-sea port in Indonesia
NEW DELHI: India is developing its maiden deep-sea port in Indonesia's Sabang, not far from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, amid China's attempts to have a greater say in the region through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The port will be key to India's Indo-Pacific strategy.
The port will give India better access to the South East Asian markets and provide a strategic hedge at a time China is increasing its presence in the Strait of Malacca (as also the larger Indian Ocean).
Despite the Look East Policy, tracing back to the days of then PM Narasimha Rao, India's relationship with ASEAN nations have largely been trade-oriented. But the rise of China in the waters of Indo-Pacific (and its economic clout) calls for a new approach to the region. Hence, the reason the Narendra Modi go nment has upgraded its policy to Act East.
But countering China in the region is easier said than done. For one, China is the largest trade partner to ASEAN, increasing from $192 billion in 2008 to $515 billion by 2018. Then there is the BRI, through which China has spent about $400 billion. Also, China's focus on Indo-Pacific region is aimed at displacing the US from the region — American military bases in Guam, Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean) as well as in Darwin (Australia), and its economic ties with the region ensure its primacy. But that mission threatens India as well, considering the nature of the relationship between Beijing and New Delhi.
Hence, strategic partnerships with Indo-Pacific nations help.
During PM Modi's visit to Indonesia last year, the two nations had agreed on a "Shared vision of maritime co-operation in the Indo-Pacific". Connectivity with Sabang port was identified as a key priority area within that vision.
Following this, an Indian naval ship, INS Sumitra, visited Sabang for the first time last July. Now an Indian Coast Guard ship, Vijit, has visited the port (from March 17-20).
India is also strengthening its forces in the Andamans. The Indian Navy recently commissioned its third (and India's fourth) air base in the islands.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/47238.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
pasuramuthappa - 16 hours ago -Follow
What previous Govt did was free bees to poor and rest to loot for themselves. MMS is a economist with no practical knowldge of world policy and international politics. A doctor without prescription
narasarao - Hyd - 15 hours ago -Follow
Credit goes to Modi!
Makdxb - INDIA - 16 hours ago -Follow
That''s good. India''s relation other countries are very good and that''s help us to have base like this
China has strategically placed itself around some of its competitors in many ways. Until Shri Modi took over, there was no thinking on the need for strategic bonds with neighbours and others, who wish to be a partner with India in restricting access to China. It should go to the credit of our Prime Minister for visualising this situation.
Ilias - USA - 15 hours ago -Follow
While p0rk1$ allow other countries like China to build port inside, India is building its ports outside in other countries. Big difference!
Santimay Basu - New Delhi - 15 hours ago -Follow
PM Modi''s Act Policy is not a mere slogan. He is increasing India''s reach to the far east Asian countries by keeping China at a bay.
San dy - 16 hours ago -Follow
Modi hu Akbar ! Modi hu Akbar !!!
ARNIAK - 18 hours ago -Follow
MAKE IT CLEAR THAT PORT IS DEVELOPED TO DESTROY CHINESE NAVY AND OIL TANKERS BEFORE IT ENTERS INDIAN OCEAN IN TIME OF WAR. USA TOO WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THIS PORT.
Arun Choudhary - 14 hours ago -Follow
It will boost up our economy in future
PRAKASH chandra mishra - 13 hours ago -Follow
Great work. Great vision. Certainly they need next term.
Mein CHOWIKIDAR nahi hoon - 14 hours ago -Follow
Can''t live more on will and wishes of others... Time to show mighty power to world.... East or West.. India is Best..
Vivek Shah - surat - 14 hours ago -Follow
Media outlets must refrain from publishing such strategic news in the national interest, if they refuse to stop, then I think Government must ban them
Subhash - 14 hours ago -Follow
Only time will tell where we are heading under the leadership of Mr Narendra Modi. In my opinion, China is the biggest enemy of India rather than Pakistan. This is to be kept in mind while formulating foreign policy.
RCH - 12 hours ago -Follow
This is a super govt esp when it comes to foreign affairs..
Amit - 13 hours ago -Follow
Foreign policy of a country should be based on national interest which is now the case as against previously under the dynasty rule of congress when it was based on family interest.
Chowkidar Ashish Kumar - 15 hours ago -Follow
these are the work and effects of modi for india in sea, what knowledge pappu has in this field, zero
Harshad B Chauhan - 13 hours ago -Follow
India’s strategic enemy are not Pak or China but are antinational Dynasties of Gandhi, SP and Goda
Raj S - Ahmedabad, India - 13 hours ago -Follow
Quick and efficient Modi
Tropical - Delhi - 14 hours ago -Follow
In terms of emerging markets access, India is very strategically located and have access to SE Asia, Africa and Europe more competitively compared to China. Only nationalist go nment with vision for a stronger India can take advantage of India''s geo-strategic advantage. Papu''s can''t dance but Modi can dare.
Rama Murti Paluri - 4 hours ago -Follow
I must say in Modi''s era, the Indian foreign policy is consistent with the international developments and to contain China in Indian interest. China, one must realize, is enclosing India to strangulate. India is responding well in an aggressive manner. This is the correct approach. The congress go nment had no stomach for such bold actions as they focused on co ption and filling their stomachs. Honestly voters should recognize this and drive away congress. Worst is if Rahul and Priyanka get elected and congress gets a majority. Come on Indians. Vote as per the national interests. Not dynasty. Gandhi family has looted the country.
Nriguy - New York - 5 hours ago -Follow
Once India becomes rich like China all pieces of the puzzle will fall in place. The main issue is China has deep pockets whereas India still dreams of its past. Indian culture is the biggest stumbling block to become a rich country, along with its resulting booming population of mostly poor uneducated labor force. We cant become rich when our women cant be part of the GDP nor be free to live their lives as western or eastern women do.
Amrit Bindra - Cleveland - 13 hours ago -Follow
The first vidionary PM of India , NaMo !
Rohit - 14 hours ago -Follow
good, this is result of go nment efforts. I can't believe congress can do anything like this for country.
Bijay - Noida - 4 hours ago -Follow
vote for BJP and convince 5 congress supporters near to you to vite BJP
Ashok - 5 hours ago -Follow
India should take on lease a Vietnam island and develop that as a port and airport...
Pooja - 13 hours ago -Follow
US despite having multiple base in South east asia, has failed to stop the expansion of China there. In true sense, in the interest of the Nation, India must buy more Tejas than buying Rafale
Sahan - 13 hours ago -Follow
India will be a superpower in indo pacific region within a decade..
Sarada P - Mumbai - 13 hours ago -Follow
go for it.
Rama Murti Paluri - 5 hours ago -Follow
Good strategic move in National interest.