The Philippines and Japan will hold their second joint naval drills this year, the Filipino military said Tuesday, as the World War II foes deepen security ties while China aggressively develops islands in disputed waters.
China has dramatically ramped up its land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea in the past five months, building artificial islands at an unprecedented pace to bolster its territorial claims in the area, US defense officials said Friday.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday extended greetings to naval personnel on the occasion of Navy Day and said current geostrategic environment has increased their role in protecting nation's maritime interests.
US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged to intensify cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in comments that came against the backdrop of China`s expanding maritime ambitions.
India on Monday stressed the need for strengthening of maritime connectivity with Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and called for an `open sky policy` on quid pro quo basis to increase trade with ASEAN.
India has expressed the hope that Bangladesh`s decision to seek arbitration in an international tribunal will settle the maritime disputes between the two countries as bilateral negotiations on the issue could make little headway.
Laying down its task as an armed
force furthering Indian security interests, the Navy on Friday
released its revised Maritime Doctrine that provides the
fundamentals for readiness and response planning.