India v China: US Navy sends submarine hunting aircraft to Indian islands

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For the first time in 45 years, the two nations were involved in a bloody altercation in the contested Galwan Valley border in Ladakh in June. At least 20 Indian soldiers and 35 Chinese troops were killed.

Since then, both sides have increased their military presence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Now, a long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft from the US Navy has landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair, amid growing tensions.

According to the US Navy, the aircraft landed at the strategically located island chain in the Indian Ocean for refuelling.

It is believed the aircraft may have been refilled under the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA).

This pact between the US and India gives both countries access to designated military facilities for the purpose of refuelling.

Although reports say the P8-Poseidon vessel was there to refuel, some have argued it could be sending a message to China.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have also been on the rise following the outbreak of COVID-19 and China’s dominance in the South China Sea.

Back in June, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with US President Donald Trump on the “situation on the India-China border”.

Mr Trump offered to mediate the feud between the countries but they both rejected the offer and claimed the situation is under control.

The Global Times claimed the tensions were caused by “arrogance and recklessness of the Indian side”.

The Chinese state-owned publication also accused Indian officials of believing “their country’s military is more powerful than China’s”.

It wrote: “The US has wooed India with its Indo-Pacific strategy, which adds to the above mentioned misjudgment of some Indian elite.

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“New Delhi must be clear that the resources that the US would invest in China-India relations are limited.

“What the US would do is just extend a lever to India, which Washington can exploit to worse India’s ties with China, and make India dedicate itself to serving Washington’s interests.”

Although the relationship between the neighbouring countries is reaching boiling point, an expert believes neither side wants to go to war.

Daniel Markey, senior research professor in international relations at John Hopkins University of Advanced International Studies in Washington, told Express.co.uk: “In order to grow its economy, in order to benefit from what China has to offer in terms of investment and commerce and trade, India has to have a reasonable relationship with China.

“They don’t want to completely upset that apple cart.

“If you look at Narendra Modi’s broader agenda, it’s a mixed track record so far, but he knows India’s future depends on his ability and others ability to mobilise their economy.

“And without China, that’s going to be increasingly difficult so he doesn’t want to ruin that.”

Mr Markey believes China recognises India is a “problematic neighbour” but claims they can see “huge opportunities”.

He added: “I think they wanted to send a bit of a message to India.

“And this relates to prior border disputes.

“China isn’t going to be pushed around on its border and beyond that.”

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