Indien vs. China
Auch wenn sich indische Armeeoffizielle zurückhalten, was den Sinn dieses Stützpunkts betrifft, so dürfte man sicherlich annehmen können, dass er sich auch gegen Chinas wachsende Präsenz in der Region richtet. Man denke hierbei auch an Sri Lanka, also vor Indiens südöstlicher Haustüre, wo China sich quasi eingekauft und den Hafen von Hambantota für 99 Jahre gepachtet hat...
Zitat:India setting up new naval base in Andamans

The Indian Navy has commissioned a new naval airbase in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, TimesNow, an Indian website, reported on Friday. It will be the third on the strategically located islands after one at Port Blair, the capital of the union territory on South Andaman, and in Campbell Bay on the Nicobars.

The new base is located on the northernmost tip of the island chain and, according to Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, “the close proximity of Coco Islands, Myanmar and the wide expanse of the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone make the base a very vital asset.” [...]

The naval airbase will initially be used to operate short-range maritime reconnaissance planes and helicopters and will be able to host even larger aircraft once the runway is extended to 3,000 meters. In recent years, India has developed Port Blair as the base for amphibious platforms, naval offshore patrol vessels and fast attack craft.


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