As per government sources, the Indian Navy recently drove away Chinese research vessel Shi Yan 1 that was suspected to have been carrying out research activities in the Indian waters near Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar islands, ANI reported.
The research vessel was identified by maritime surveillance aircraft that was operating there.
The sources further added that the Chinese could have used the vessel to spy on the Indian activities in the Island area from where India can keep a close eye on the maritime movements in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and South-East Asian region.
Soon after it was detected that the vessel was carrying out research activities in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an Indian Navy warship was sent to the location to monitor it.
Owing to the fact that there are no laws that would allow foreign countries to conduct exploration activities in the Indian EEZ, the Chinese counterparts were asked to move the vessel out of the Indian waters.
Following which, the vessel was moved from Indian waters to another location most likely towards China, sources told ANI.
Keeping a constant vigil on Chinese vessels entering the IOR, recently the Indian Navy's P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft had also detected seven Chinese Navy warships operating near the IOR.
(With inputs from ANI)
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