Shailesh Kumar, National Defence Bureau
New Delhi, 02 December 2018
Indian Navy is celebrating Navy Day on 4th of December to commemorate the daredevil attack on Pakistani naval base in Karachi in 1971. Pakistan realized that it can’t fight war with India, so it invited it’s all weather friend China to play the great game of “Go” in Indian Ocean. Indian Navy, who by now dominates Indian Ocean is challenged by Chinese PLA Navy building secret naval bases in Indian Ocean Region. National Defence reveals the Chinese Strategic Game of “Go” in Indian Ocean.
“Go” is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game though was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago but Chinese started to play it in Indian ocean just a few years back through “String of Pearls”.
Nevermind, China or for that matter anyone can move in Indian ocean as the waters are global maritime commons until one does not challenge to enter territorial waters. But what matters is the substantial presence of Chinese naval vessels in Indian Ocean and movement of Chinese nuclear submarines in the name of combating piracy in gulf of Aden.
Pakistan pushed India to play the game of Go with Chinese in Indian Ocean by offering it’s occupied port of Gwador in Balochistan. An armed freedom struggle is already going on in Balochistan against Pakistan’s illegal occupation.
Besides Gwador, Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara, positioned halfway between Karachi and Gwadar, is a more critical naval base than Gwadar for Pakistani maritime security. According to sources, Chinese submarines are shifting there and it is going to be another Chinese Naval base providing Chinese the capability to monitor traffic in the Arabian Sea, while an air base at Turbat plays supportive role. Watch full story at video url: https://youtu.be/9cByW_RQuhE
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.