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Chinese sub s Indian Ocean presence not linked to Sikkim stand-off

The presence of a Chinese submarine in the Indian Ocean region has nothing to do with stand-off between the Indian and Chinese troops along the border in Sikkim informed sources said here on Monday.

They confirmed the presence of a conventional Chinese submarine in the Indian Ocean region for a while. The Indian Navy too said the submarine s presence has nothing to do with the present situation and it has been present in the Indian Ocean for a while now. Usually Chinese submarines have three-month long deployment in the Indian ocean. This is routine a Navy official said. According to the informed sources this is the same Yuan-class submarine that was picked up by Indian Navy s Poseidon-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft as soon as it crossed the Malacca Strait on April 19-20. The submarine of China s People s Liberation Army Navy s (PLAN) anti-piracy fleet had sought permission to dock at a Sri Lankan harbour in May but Sri Lanka declined it. The submarine then headed towards Karachi and was reported to have docked there. A recent report from Pentagon also confirmed that China continued to send submarines to the Indian Ocean in 2016. The report said it appeared to be in support of its counter-piracy patrols.

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