Subs in IOR no threat: China

China said that the vessels were part of anti-piracy operations while downplaying the ‘string of pearls’ theory to contain India.

Submarine deployment in Indian Ocean no threat to India: China

Amid India’s concerns on deployment of Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean, a top PLA naval officer sought to justify the move saying the vessels were part of anti-piracy operations while downplaying the ‘string of pearls’ theory to contain India.

“Why cannot submarines participate in anti-piracy operations? Submarines also participate in anti-piracy operations along with other fleets,” Wei Xiandong, Chief of Staff, Shanghai Naval Garrison, said when asked why People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy sends submarines for anti-piracy operations when aircraft or surface warships are needed for such kind of operations.

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