Geen evolutie en ecolutie zonder revolutie!

Albert Einstein:

Twee dingen zijn oneindig: het universum en de menselijke domheid. Maar van het universum ben ik niet zeker.

donderdag 22 februari 2018

India probeert China de loef af te steken met een militaire basis op de Seychellen, weer een conflict 'in de dop...'

India gaat een grote overzeese marinebasis bouwen op de Seychellen, eerder heeft India de Seychellen al geholpen met een geavanceerd radar systeem, marine schepen en helikopters. Bovendien zal India de territoriale wateren van de Seychellen beschermen tegen illegale visserij, hoofdzakelijk door Chinese trawlers en grote Chinese visfabriek schepen, momenteel kunnen de Seychellen op dat gebied nog geen deuk in en pak boter slaan.....

Tevens is dit het antwoord van India op een grote Chinese marinebasis die dit land op Sri Lanka bouwt* op de door haar verworven haven Hambantota (met een contract van 99 jaar, mede als een gedeeltelijke compensatie voor de enorme schulden die dit land heeft bij de Chinezen), bovendien heeft China een marinebasis in Djibouti...... 

Deze bases, dus die van India en China controleren daarbij ook nog eens uiterst belangrijke en druk bevaren scheepsroutes, waar o.a. gigantische hoeveelheden olie worden vervoerd.......

Over olie gesproken, rond de Seychellen schijnen zich enorme voorraden olie te bevinden, waarmee dit land poogt 'op te stomen in de vaart der volkeren', waarbij India 'uiteraard' deze voorraden deels zal overnemen tegen een zachte prijs. De melding van deze olie komt overigens niet van Tyler Durden, de schrijver van het volgende artikel, maar van 'Cosmos' die reageerde op dat artikel, zoals geplaatst op ZeroHedge (deze reactie is onder het zo volgende artikel weergegeven)

Het is wat betreft wereldpolitiek wel duidelijk dat China en India het voortouw willen overnemen van de VS en haar hielenlikkende oorlogshonden (NAVO landen)...... Jammer genoeg is e.e.a. wel weer 'het fundament' van een groot conflict tussen India en China, laten we maar hopen dat het zover niet komt, immers het gaat hier kernmachten.....

India To Build Major Overseas Military Base Off Africa To Combat China

   Profile picture for user Tyler Durden by Tyler Durden
                 Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:30

India is preparing to construct a significant overseas military base on an island in Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean.

Last month, Seychelles and India signed a twenty-year agreement, permitting the Indian military to build an airbase and naval installations on Assumption Island, a small island in the Outer Islands of Seychelles north of Madagascar, said Seychelles News Agency.

This [agreement] reinforces our commitment to not only further deepen India-Seychelles relations, but to also take our partnership to another level,” Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said in a statement.

The [mutual] co-operation is exemplified by the operationalization of the Coastal Surveillance Radar System [CSRS] in March 2016, and our commitment to augment the defense assets and capability of Seychelles,” he added.

The agreement enhances India’s military capabilities and maritime surveillance of Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.37 million square km. Assumption Island will serve as a strategic staging area for the Indian military, as the island chain resides between crucial global shipping lanes.

This is key as in 2016 alone, “approximately 40 million barrels of oil per day — equivalent to just under half of the world’s total oil supply — traveled through Indian Ocean entry and exit points, including the Straits of Hormuz, Malacca, and Bab el-Mandeb,” said CNN.

The EIA classifies the region as a significant chokepoint for maritime transit of oil. More specifically, the EIA calculates roughly 5.8 million barrels per day travels directly by Seychelles, which then ultimately flows to the West. This would indicate India does not just recognize Seychelles as a critical part of its global energy security, but perhaps, India’s push to control the island is a proxy of Washington.

India has already provided Seychelles with military aircraft, helicopters, and naval boats. It has installed a coastal surveillance radar system on one of Seychelles’ islands to conduct intelligence gathering activities. Throughout the years, the waters around Seychelles have seen an abundance of Indian warships conducting anti-piracy patrols

Senior Indian naval officials have stated that the development of military installations on Seychelles is to offset China’s maritime Silk Road strategy in the Indian Ocean.

As CNN notes, India is attempting to better posture itself in the Indian Ocean despite its neighbor and long-standing rival China, who is already situated with military installations in the region.

Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, China’s naval reach has grown considerably, expanding far beyond its immediate coastline into areas not previously considered within its sphere of influence.

In July last year China established its first overseas military base in Djibouti, near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, among the world’s busiest shipping lanes and one of three crucial Indian Ocean arteries.

The strait, which is only 29 kilometers (18 miles) wide at its narrowest point, connects the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, and the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean beyond.

The opening of the Djibouti base was followed several months later by the country’s controversial acquisition of the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka, just 22.2 kilometers (13.8 miles) by some estimates from the primary Indian Ocean sea lane that links the Malacca Straits to the Suez Canal.

Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Sydney, described the Hambantota deal — which saw Sri Lanka grant China a 99-year lease on the port to service some of the billions in debt it owes to Beijing — as part of a “determined strategy by China to extend its influence across the Indian Ocean at the expense of India.”

That port then gives them not only a strategic access point into India’s sphere of influence through which China can deploy its naval forces, but it also gives China an advantageous position to export its goods into India’s economic sphere, so it’s achieved a number of strategic aims in that regard,” said Davis.

Indian military officials said Seychelles and Assumption Island are a powerful combination in extending the reach of India’s naval operations, which it intends to rotate aircraft and ships throughout the region.

The development is a clear indicator that India’s geostrategic frontier is expanding in tandem with China’s growing strategic footprint in the Indo-Pacific,” Captain Gurpreet Khurana, of the Indian Navy’s National Maritime Foundation, said.

As India fears encirclement by militarist China in the Indian ocean, it only leaves us to believe that these nuclear-armed neighbors could be headed for another military conflict. The last time this occurred it was the war of 1962, which India is making the needed preparations on Seychelles’ chain of islands that will ensure another defeat is not an option.

Hier de reactie van Cosmos:

Profile picture for user COSMOS
COSMOS Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:33 Permalink

Seems like a play towards Africa.  There certainly are a lot of Indians in Africa.  This would put the Indian military closer to protect its diaspora.  I guess its to blunt the Chinese inroads into Africa. 

Maybe the Seychelles foresee conflict over deposits with their African neighbors

........The Seychelles archipelago in the western Indian Ocean with a vast exclusive economic zone is believed to have large quantities of untapped oil.

The 115-island nation depends heavily on tourism and fisheries for its economy and government is hoping to add hydrocarbon to its economic base.

An assessment in 2012 by the U.S. Geological Survey in the western Indian Ocean region which included Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique estimated a total of 793 million barrels of oil present in the Seychelles rift area.

Also the Chinese are notorious for illegal fishing and factory trawlers.  The Indians can shoo them away.  The Seychelles dont stand a chance alone.

* Overigens is India met deze laatste Chinese basis op Sri Lanka omsingeld door Chinese bases, zoals Durden in zijn artikel opmerkt......

Zie ook een eerder bericht van deze dag over de VAE die de zeestraat Bab el Mandeb vanuit Jemen onder controle wil krijgen, deze zeestraat is de verbinding van de Rode Zee met de Golf van Tadjoura en de Golf van Aden: 'De Verenigde Arabische Emiraten hebben de regering van Jemen opzij gezet en niemand bericht erover........'

Geen opmerkingen:

Een reactie posten