News Riddle Digital Desk: Aggressive China is challenging the US hegemony. After World War II, the communist country emerged as a new superpower. This time, a report of the US Department of Defense has come out, increasing the concern of New Delhi. It is said there that China is going to deploy warships and submarines in the naval base built in Djibouti in Africa. The US Army feels that the Red Army’s ‘hyperactivity’ in the Indian Ocean will become a headache for New Delhi.
The US Department of Defense presented a report on China’s Djibouti naval base in the Horn of Africa to the US Congress this week. There were also several satellite images of Chinese naval bases. According to that report, the Red Army has already deployed some warships in the neighboring country of Somalia. The infrastructure of that naval base says that they are capable of deploying aircraft carriers and submarines there. As a result, the movement of the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean may be hampered in the near future. According to the US report, ‘Last March, a FUCHI II class cargo ship of the Chinese Navy anchored in the port of Djibouti. As a result, it is clear that the port is built.’
[আরও পড়ুন: জাতীয় দলের হারে উচ্ছ্বাস, ইরানে সরকারি বাহিনীর গুলিতে প্রাণ গেল ‘হিজাব বিদ্রোহী’র]
Djibouti is a small country in East Africa. The population is about 10 lakhs. In 2011, China started building a naval base there. According to military analysts, Djibouti is a ‘very important’ strategic location. Located in the Bab-el-Mandeb strait of the Suez Canal from the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, the Chinese Navy will be able to project its presence to large parts of Africa and Asia. In addition to the Indian Ocean, it can enter the waters of the Arabian Sea and put pressure on New Delhi. Millions of dollars worth of oil and petroleum product ships pass through the strait every day. As a result, this area is also very important in terms of international trade. The Indian Navy also patrols off the area to protect commercial vessels from Somali pirates. It may be disrupted by the rise of China’s hegemony.
Some of the defense analysts think that this activity of China in the Indian Ocean is to put pressure on India. And Djibouti’s strategic location is a concern for the Indian Navy. This move by China is to put pressure on the quadrilateral axis of India-America-Japan-Australia. All in all, China’s military could increase New Delhi’s concerns by creating a blockade of the Suez Canal waterway in the event of a war.
[আরও পড়ুন: ‘ওদের স্ত্রীরাই ইউক্রেনীয় মেয়েদের ধর্ষণ করতে বলে’, রুশ সেনার বিরুদ্ধে বিস্ফোরক জেলেনস্কি জায়া]