原文标题：Four Navy ships in South China Sea to mark Indian presence
NEW DELHI: Despite getting out of oil exploration blocks in the South China Sea, India is keen to maintain a strong role for itself in the region.
Four Indian Navy ships, INS Rana, Shakti, Shivalik and Kurmak are currently scudding across the South China Sea on their way to Shanghai, where they will arrive for a goodwill visit in a couple of weeks. This week, two of the four ships -- INS Rana and Shakti -- have been saying hello to the Philippines navy in Subic Bay. Two others, Shivalik and Kurmak, are calling at Haifong in Vietnam. Philippines and China have been on a faceoff in the past few weeks over territorial rights over Scarborough Shoal, in an area that is believed to be energy-rich.
Meanwhile, on May 28, officials from ONGC Videsh (OVL) will meet their counterparts from Petro Vietnam in Hanoi to look at energy cooperation after OVL pulled out from Block 128 in South China Sea. The joint cooperation committee was set up as part of the energy agreement during the visit of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang to India in October 2011.
The Indians have paid a $15 million exit fee to Petro Vietnam for getting out of the block. The energy body was initially intended to explore ways of getting OVL the BP stake in South China Sea. As it turned out, the stake went to BP's Russia arm.
But sources said India continues to have a strong interest in South China Sea, because this is key to India's Look East policy. In July, Indian and US officials will hold discussions on a key project in southeast Asia -- an East-West Mekong connectivity corridor. Envisaged as a trilateral project with Japan, this project intends to set up a multi-modal transport and trade corridor from India, traversing Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, ending in Vietnam. Japan has recently stepped up its funding commitments to this corridor.
However, China is much ahead with its own connectivity plans -- although these run north-south -- and has done much to put a grid of connectivity in the Mekong region in southeast Asia.
Apart from naval exercises, India and China are stepping on the gas diplomatically as well. On June 6, foreign minister S M Krishna will travel to Beijing to represent India as an observer at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting. This year, with the prospective presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad at the conference, India will have a chance to interact with China on Iran.
Brig. R.S. Chauhan (retd) (Jaipur)
It is no secret that Indian Navy is the most powerful in Asia. It is the only country in Asia which has nuclear submarines and a functional aircraft-carrier. The Chinese claim they have nuclear submarines but they have none and their aircraft carrier (a junk bought from Ukraine) can still not land aircraft. Our new aircraft carrier Vikramaditya will be delivered to us by the Russians on 4th December. Besides Vietnam is a loyal and reliable ally of India. We have to also thank our Russian brothers for the great help they have given us.
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Kasinathan. K (Indonesia) replies to Brig. R.S. Chauhan (retd)
What is the use? The politicians chickened out. No matter how strong is the military but as long as you have spinless people you have make continuous concession to all agressors!
Maddox (Reading. UK.) replies to Brig. R.S. Chauhan (retd)
Chauhan , ur inforamtion is wrong. Even being an Indian , I must say, you are not aware of chinese nuclear submarine ad aircraft career cababilities. India too has nuclear submaries, and many are under construction , but that doesn't say , India has outnumbered China .Please dont deliver wrong information .
chrissy (malaysia) replies to Brig. R.S. Chauhan (retd)
India navy the most powerful in Asia? You got to be joking. Your 25 years aircraft carrier could not even sail out of the India ports let alone to Malacca Straits or beyond. Your delivery of Vikramditya has been repeated delayed and getting it workable take years. China has several nuclear submarines on duty which is fact and they are building one or two aircraft carriers within 10 years. If you care to google that "junk aircraft carrier " you will be surprised how much has been changed.
Aryan Aries (Guwahati, India) replies to chrissy
Crissy is from Malaysia..but he is of Chinese origin..
John (Trivandrum) replies to chrissy
Malaysia doesn't have a proper Navy or an Aircraft Carrier.LOL
chrissy replies to John
Yes Malaysian navy is small but we never boast to be this or that. For the record India has Only one nuclear submarine ON lease from russia. Not submarineS. " Vietnam is a loyal n reliable ally of india " ? Since when you guys signed the blood pact. ?
John (Trivandrum) replies to chrissy
India has actually two nuclear submarines right now, INS Arihant is undergoing sea trials and will be inducted by the end of 2012. Four more nuclear subs of same class is being built currently in India. India may take on lease another Russian submarine which is under construction too.
rakesh (new delhi) replies to jagmeet
baseless........... besids this we are one of the top economy of the world
Walter Iyengar (chennai) replies to Brig. R.S. Chauhan (retd)
You are a Dumbo Russia and China are hand in glove in major deal brokering worldwide. Do you think Russia will not share a nuclear submarine with China You are naive
Dr. Nalini Tomar (Bhiwani) replies to Walter Iyengar
After Russians decimated the Chinese in 1969 because the Chinese proved to be traitors the Russians have a different approach to the unreliable Chinese. Just about one year ago the Russians sunk a Chinese spy ship. The relations between the disloyal Chinese and Russia have nothing to do with the Indo-Russia relations. Indians and Russians are loyal thus brothers. This relationship can never be damaged by any country or person.
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We truly live in fool's paradise. How can we afford to antagonise China and pursue rivallery? Even a much smaller power like Pakistan does not let us live in peace. China is a superpower - both economic and military. We need China as our friend, not enemy. We need to put our historical defeat of 1962 behind. Just seriously work out benefits of friendship as opposit to harm that war can bring to both countries. Our both nations can work together for welfare of more than 2 billion people. We can reduce our dependence on the West for which we paid enormous cost. We have this opportunity today which did not exist before.
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Ankur (New Delhi) replies to h
If its all thats easy why not China comes and take away Arunachal.
h replies to Ankur
They have already taken huge chunk of our territory in 1962. If you think that they cannot take Arunachal by conventional warfare you are sadly mistaken. I suggest that you do exhaustive research on internet and come to your own independent objective conclusions instead of dwelling upon subjectivity.
Why did ONGC pulled out from block 128 from south china sea....If this is key to India look east policy......
Doc Veer (new delhi)
nothing gonna happen. india is upto nothing. we will buy oil from china in future from same south china sea. and our petrol prices will be 100 rs
Heavy dependence on import for crude oil and military hardware-Big trade gap resulting in current account deficit-weak economy . All these make us a weak Nation . why kidding ourselves when Pakistan keep creating trouble and we just suck our thumbs.
moin khan (Mumbai)
Good .. Indian govt. should show china how strong they are.
Tushar Varshney (Sevagram, Maharashtra, I)
indian government(i.e. congress) in the past 5-6 years has shown not enough guts to deal with terrorism or with insurgency or dealing with pakistan or china...they do nothing but talks which will remain on paper and will be laid on their graves. They are not stong enough to make their point. India should make its stand clear and not step back on the demands of those cretin chinese...
This is good move. India should maintain the tempo..