China exporting ships and submarines to Pakistan, will affect security, says Navy chief

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China is exporting a lot of military hardware like ships and submarines to Pakistan and it will affect security dynamics in the region, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh has said according to a report by Press Trust of India.

The Indian Navy has to be prepared for this development, he said, adding India is closely watching the naval cooperation between Pakistan and China.

A lot of hardware is being exported to Pakistan from China, like ships and submarines. This will affect a lot the security dynamics here. We have to be prepared for this, Admiral Singh said.

He was responding to a question on China delivering Pakistan its largest and most advanced warship earlier this month, during a media interaction after commissioning of Scorpene class submarine INS Vela here.

Designed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC), the frigate was delivered to the Pakistan Navy in a commissioning ceremony in Shanghai. The Type 054A/P frigate was named the PNS Tughril.

China is also a very important defence partner for Pakistan, providing it crucial military hardware and other equipment.

Often dubbed as the all-weather ally of Pakistan, China has been beefing up its presence in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean in the recent years. Navy sources said there have been no operations either by the Chinese Navy or research vessels in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

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