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India prepares Andaman and Nicobar islands for struggle with China because the PLA flexes its muscle groups on Indo-Tibet border

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Sanbeer Singh Ranhotra

Andaman and Nicobar Islands – that are a terrestrial chain consisting of 524 islands sovereign to India, have was a nightmare for China. The islands have at all times been India’s greatest asset within the Indian Ocean, whereas additionally serving because the nation’s eyes relating to retaining a verify on Chinese actions throughout the Strait of Malacca and thereafter, throughout the Indo-Pacific. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, by the way, have been gifted to India by Japan in 1943, upon the insistence of visionary Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had, throughout World War II itself, realised the extraordinary significance of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In a message to China, Chief of Defense Staff Bipin Rawat stated on Friday the Andaman and Nicobar Command has lived as much as its mandate and continues to stay poised and ready to tackle a diversified spectrum of threats.In a press release on Friday, the chief of defence employees stated the geographic location of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands– guarding our japanese frontiers whereas straddling a few of the world’s most vital sea traces of communications (SLOCs) – has made them some of the vital strategic areas for the nation. The CDS added that right this moment, the Command stands proud as a potent power to reckon with in a area that’s beneath intense scrutiny on the world map.A Message to ChinaThe Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is the primary built-in theatre command in India with headquarters at Port Blair. The second one is the Strategic Forces Command, which takes care of India’s nuclear property. In reality, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat made no secret of the truth that the Andaman and Nicobar Command serves as a number one gentle of how theaterisation of the Indian army could be achieved.Rawat has been engaged on the theaterisation mannequin beneath which no less than six new built-in instructions are being envisaged. According to the Economic Times, every of the theatre instructions can have items of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force and all of them will work as a single entity taking care of safety challenges in a specified geographical territory beneath an operational commander. This would change the prevailing system of all three providers having totally different instructions throughout the nation.India Sending China the Chills from Andaman and Nicobar Islands India possesses the power to dam all provides to China which move by way of the Strait of Malacca – a strategic chokepoint connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans simply south of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Almost all important Chinese provides, together with China-bound oil, should cross the Strait of Malacca. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands overlook this chokepoint and India has at all times thought of the various islands within the chain as immovable plane carriers which is able to play an immense position throughout conflicts with China.Last 12 months, the Modi authorities had expedited the plans for basing extra army forces, together with amenities for extra warships, plane, missile batteries, and infantry troopers on the strategically-located Andaman Islands. As reported by TFI in 2019, the Modi authorities had supplied Rs 5,650 crore to develop army infrastructure within the area after Prime Minister Narendra Modi after which Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had visited the Andamans.Read extra: India’s Submarine plan to asphyxiate China within the seasDefence sources stated that the long-pending plans for “force accretion” and “military infrastructure development” on the Islands have “gained a sense of urgency” with China’s aggressive and expansionist strikes each alongside the three,488-km Line of Actual Control in addition to the within the Indian Ocean area.India will be capable of base extra warships, plane, missile batteries and infantry troopers within the Andaman and Nicobar Islands beneath the general 10-year infrastructure growth “roll-on” plan, which additionally contains an air enclave with a ten,000-ft runway at Kamorta island.Interestingly, as reported by TFI in April, India and Japan are partnering to weaponise these islands. For the primary time, India has allowed Japan to make a humongous funding within the islands, through an official growth help (ODA) mission, paving the best way for Japan to place in over ¥4.02 billion, or Rs 265 crores in investments to the island chain. The mission undertaken by Japan would enhance the facility provide within the islands, whereas additionally stressing the strategic geopolitical location of the islands for an open Indo-Pacific.Essentially, at a time when India is refusing to budge on the Indo-Tibetan border, significantly in Eastern Ladakh, China too is taking part in hardball. The thirteenth Corp Commander-level assembly between the 2 nations failed to attain any outcomes. But China is being advised by India that its motion in Eastern Ladakh will solely inspire New Delhi to attain full militarisation of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Rest assured; China doesn’t must be reminded of the implications of the identical.