After US, France, South Korea, Singapore & Australia, India now looking to ink military logistics pact with Japan
NEW DELHI: India is fast inking reciprocal military logistics pacts with like-minded countries to extend its strategic and naval operational reach in the entire Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond, with an eye firmly on China’s expansionist behavior in the Indo-Pacific.
After similar agreements with the US, France, South Korea and Singapore, it was India’s turn to ink the mutual logistics support arrangement (MLSA) with Australia during the virtual summit between the two PMs on Thursday.
That’s not all. India is set to ink a military logistics pact with Japan next, while similar agreements with Russia and UK are also being negotiated, said sources. “The MLSA will enable our warships to get refueling from Australian tankers on the high seas, while also availing of berthing, maintenance and storage facilities at Australian naval bases. It will, of course, be on a reciprocal basis,” said a source.
The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) inked with the US in 2016 similarly gives India refueling facilities and access to American bases in Djibouti, Diego Garcia, Guam and Subic Bay.
The one inked with France in 2018, in turn, also extends the Indian Navy’s reach in south-western IOR due to French bases in the Reunion Islands near Madagascar and Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.
“The MLSA with Australia will help us to extend the reach of our warships in southern IOR as well as the Western Pacific region. The region south of the Indonesian Straits is also important for us,” said the source.
The pacts are crucial for India in the backdrop of China fast expanding its strategic footprint in the IOR after its first overseas military base at Djibouti became operational in August 2017.
China, of course, also has access to Karachi and Gwadar ports in Pakistan for turnaround facilities for its submarines and warships. It is also trying for military bases in Cambodia, Vanuatu and other countries to further consolidate its presence in the Indo-Pacific.
Closer to India, China has six to eight warships deployed in the IOR at any given time. Furiously modernizing its naval forces, from long-range nuclear ballistic missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles to submarines and aircraft carriers, China has commissioned well over 80 warships in the last six years.
Though India is yet to formally invite Australia to join the trilateral Malabar naval exercise it conducts with the US and Japan, India is steadily cranking up its bilateral military engagements with the country.
now china is on boil for sure
Good that I did not buy any Chinese Car
No need to buy Chinese cars at all
There are much better models and better quality
Japanese / Mahindra / .....
With these agreements, no need to set up bases on foreign soil, just leverage each others. Wonderful. There is a big lesson for Rogue China if it is willing to learn
This is whats is called MAKE INDIA GREAT
And who said that our PM is not working???
Good initiative and india have to make strong relationship with other countries. This can help India in many ways.
Modi is proved a GREAT Leader.
Some people might disagree with Modijis policies but I think even they would agree that he is persistent....
Pappu is silent. May be this is beyond his IQ to know what is happening.
Thanks to covid no travel. Else feku will spend crores only to go there in person.
PM Modi is doing what the Congress go nment should have done between 1947-1987 !.
Congress decided to be subservient to China for money in return.
Once Japan,Korea, Taiwan ruled the electronics market . Time has come they should support India to stop Dragon .
By buying Chinese you’re hurting India. Boycott China for life!
Please tell everyone you know not to buy Chinese.
Pakistan should have begging bowl countries together called B-7 countries. Whose PM begging shamelessly around the World to feed it's own people.
Another master stroke by Modi govt.
Modi is no good for India terrorising all neighbours
I hope you are a Pakistani and not Indian
As long as Modiji is the Prime Minister of India, we will remain secured. Jay Ho Modiji!
China needs to be taught a lesson.