In the prevailing situation of pandemic and the warlike condition with China, one country has assured India for its support. The Philippines, which is already an alliance of India has thanked India for its kind and unexpected gesture. The Philippines Navy Chief wrote, “We assure that the Philippine Navy remains committed to this Partnership”.
Indian Navy rescued a Philippines Navy Ship after a fire broke out in its engine room the Indian Navy repaired the ship free of cost at the Navy shipyard in Kochi. Apart from that the Indian Navy also rescued two Pilipino Navy officers who got injured with second-degree burns. After which both of the officers were rushed to INHS Sanjivani, the Naval Hospital at Kochi. One of them is still under observation and has been taken to a Bengaluru.
The Chief of Philippines rear Admiral Bacordo has written to the Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, “Your support in this unfortunate accident is way beyond our expectations and it is a testament of your sincerity in deepening our Navy to Navy partnership. Rest assured that the Philippines Navy remains committed to Partnership”. He further added, “We hope to expand this relationship as we seek better ways to make our seas safer and more secure for everyone. Fervent wishes for your continuing success in leading the Navy’s sustained resolve to be a global maritime force”.
The Philippines is done with China
When the Philippines talked about ‘making the seas safer’, from this, it can be inferred that it wants to counter the Chinese aggression and expansionism in the South China Sea. After Bejing’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, the interest of the Philippines along with Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia has also decreased the interest there. But now they are fed up with Chinese aggression in the Maritime region, thus they are trying to maintain a proper distance from China.
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Recently, Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte rolled back his decision to pull out of the visiting forces agreement with the United States, a two-decades-old military part between the two countries owing to the ‘political development’.
Thus, to counter the malicious technique of China to claim another territory, the Philippines Navy Chief is seeking greater maritime collaboration with the Indian Navy because he knows that the Indian Navy is a formidable force that can contain the blue-water Navy ambitions of the people’s liberation Army Navy.
It is known to all that India itself stands to benefit from such collaborations. The fact that remains that a sizeable portion of Indian trade passes through the international waters of the South China Sea.
It is in India’s interest to ensure free navigation in the international waters of the strategic waterways, apart from creating a new front to poke China whenever the latter gets belligerent in the Himalayas.