‘US-China rivalry in…’: Navy chief concerned over geo-political power play

Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar also highlighted the significant achievement made by the country in the construction of the ‘Made in India’ INS Vikrant aircraft carrier.

Edited By Alka Jain
First Published14 Mar 2023, 05:39 AM IST
Navy Chief raises concern over growing geo-political power play in Indo-Pacific amid US-China rivalry.
Navy Chief raises concern over growing geo-political power play in Indo-Pacific amid US-China rivalry.

The US-China rivalry in the Indo-Pacific region is likely to be a marathon, said Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on Monday while raising concerns over growing geo-political power play in the area. He addressed the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) at Vimarsh on National Security Challenges in the Maritime Domain.

“US-China rivalry is here to stay and it isn't a short spin but it will be a long marathon they are engaged in. It has led inevitably to a naval arms race between the West and China similar to the World War-1 era between the allied and the central powers,” the Navy chief said. 

"For instance, China has inducted 148 warships in the last 10 years which I would say is perhaps the entire Indian navy size and the process still continues," he stated as quoted by ANI. 

He said that this arms race has made the resource-rich region an arena for jostling for influence, markets, resources, and energy among others. Kumar further pointed out that the rivalry has led to jostling for space in the region, where many external powers want to come in.

"A large number of countries have come out with their Indo-Pacific strategy and many of them do not belong to the region as well. The return of great power competition also accompanies the Indo-Pacific as a geostrategic reality," he said.

"The simultaneous competition and cooperation accentuate the complexities of security. While much has been said about the ongoing conflict in Europe, the fact is that despite extensive sanctions by the West on Russia most of Europe continues to receive Russian energy which underscores that even during conflicts, it is unlikely that states can be completely devoid of mutual dependencies," the Navy chief added. 

Highlighting the significant achievement made by the country in the construction of the ‘Made in India’ INS Vikrant aircraft carrier, he said that it had a very high percentage of indigenous equipment including steel which the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and local steel companies have developed.

"I feel the maritime character of our nation is now shaping our overall outlook and is probably gaining the recognition that it deserves. The interplay between maritime security and India's prosperity is probably becoming more clear to the polity, policymakers, and the people of India. Thus maritime India is on the rise and the tides of time demand that we grab this opportunity to sail out in these high waters," he asserted. 

 

(With ANI inputs)

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