Beijing: India is reported to have ‘reneged’ on its promise of not provoking China by conducting major naval drills with Singapore in the disputed South China Sea, a Chinese military expert said on Monday.
Based on the deployment of anti-submarine weapons, Song Zhongping a military expert was quoted by Global Times as saying, the purpose of the drills was aimed at impacting China’s submarines in the Indian Ocean, which India considers a threat to its influence in the area, a PTI report said.
Navies of India and Singapore last Thursday began a seven-day-long maritime exercise in the South China Sea which has been witnessing a growing Chinese influence.
The drill code-named “SIMBEX” (Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise) looks to enhance interoperability between the two navies.
“We just hope that when the relevant countries conduct such exchanges and cooperation, they should bear in mind such activities should not hurt the interests of other countries or have any negative impact on regional peace and stability,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on May 19, according to the report.