Indian Ocean Region has become a place of global interest, over 120 warships deployed, says CDS General Bipin Rawat

    11-Dec-2020   
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Chief on Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday said that India over 120 warships of extra regional forces is deployed in the Indian Ocean Region in support of various missions. While delivering a keynote address at the Global dialogue security council, he highlighted the growing importance of the region.
 
“Most of the countries in the region are seeking to reap the economic dividends through improved connectivity and harassing blue economy for which infrastructure is a pre-requisite. Residents’ powers and extra-regional power have shown a renewed interest in investing in infrastructure development in these countries to maintain and increase geopolitical influence,” said general Rawat.
 
Speaking on the theme of “contesting the Indo Pacific for Global Domination”, CD Rawat said “In recent years, China’s economy and military rise coupled with competition to increase the influence in the region has attracted a great deal of interest. At Present, there are over 120 warships of extra-regional forces deployed in the Indian Ocean Region in support of various missions. Till now, the region, by and large, has remained peaceful albeit under contestation. In the military field, technology must be a means of deterrence and not a source of destruction. Our approach to security hence needs to shift from unilateral to the multilateral mode which mandates increasing training engagements with partner nations in order to fortify future.”
 
He further said that governance and security are under constant threat of being undermined by non-state actors and also naval competition among the states.
 
“Governance and security are under constant threat of being undermined by non-state actors and also naval competition among the states. To protect peace, prosperity and sovereignty it is important for us to keep a sea line of communication secure at all times with a stronghold on the security dimension of this region,” general Rawat said.
 
(With inputs from ANI)