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China raises Bay of Bengal security concerns for India, Know how: China poses threat to India in Bay of Bengal

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Highlights

  • China building big dry dock for navy in Myanmar
  • China is building a base for the repair of warships and submarines
  • India’s tension may increase in the Bay of Bengal

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China, which is trying to encircle India from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, is now increasing its presence in the Bay of Bengal. For this, China has also started bringing Bangladesh and Myanmar in its court. China has made major investments in Myanmar in recent years under the Belt and Road Initiative. The Myanmar army, which took power after the coup, also enjoys the protection of China. This is the reason why China is now increasing its military presence after gifting a submarine to the Myanmar Navy.

China is building dry dock in Myanmar
Now defense expert HI Sutton, who monitors the activities of submarines around the world, has revealed China’s new move in an article written on the defense website called Covert Source. He has told that the Chinese Navy has built a huge dry dock at the Myanmar Navy shipyard these days. The 40,000-ton dry dock is built in a green-field site north of Thilawa Shipyard on the Yangon River.

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This facility is bigger than all the warships of Myanmar Navy.
Based on an analysis of the construction work, the facility is reported to be 150 meters (490 ft) wide and over 400 meters (1,300 ft) long in total. The mouth of this facility has been made very narrow from the point of view of security. But its size is much larger than the warships of Myanmar Navy. Naturally there will be speculation whether Myanmar is planning bigger warships.

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Bigger than the world’s largest warship
Let us tell you that currently the world’s largest warship is with South Korea. Named UMS Moattama, this warship is just 125 meters (410 ft) long and 22 meters (72 ft) wide. Talking about today’s era, almost all the countries of the world are giving importance to small size frigates instead of big destroyer warships. In such a situation, a poor country like Myanmar cannot even think of making such an expensive and big warship.

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How will the threat to India increase?
In such a situation, the question arises that in the name of supporting Myanmar’s army, China should not start using this dry dock for itself. If this happens, then the security challenge on the eastern side of India will increase significantly. India’s only Tri-Service Theater Command is also located in this area on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Apart from this, Visakhapatnam, the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy, is also adjacent to the Bay of Bengal. In such a situation, the presence of China in this area can be a direct threat to India.

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what is dry dock
A dry dock is a narrow basin or port. Any submarine or warship can be repaired or built at this place. Often Navy ships and submarines are brought to dry dock for repairs. First this part is immersed in water. Later, after the submarine or warship comes on top of it, it removes water from the surrounding areas making it completely dry. This allows the warship to be easily repaired.

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