The Chinese Research Vessel Shi Yan 1 was spotted carrying out research activities near Port Blair when it was asked to leave.
An Indian Navy warship identified and expelled a Chinese vessel a few weeks ago, which may have been indulging in spying activities against India near the Port Blair region in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Chinese Research Vessel Shi Yan 1 was spotted carrying out research activities near Port Blair when it was asked to leave the Indian waters by an Indian Navy frontline warship, sources told India Today TV.
The Chinese vessel was camped in the Indian waters west of Port Blair and carrying out research activities at length. Indian and international laws do not allow foreign countries to carry out research or exploration activities in their waters, thus the vessel was moved out of the region.
The Indian Navy keeps a close eye on Chinese vessels operating on Indian waters and keeps a constant vigil. The Chinese vessel looked suspicious with its presence in the Indian waters. It seems the vessel could have been used to monitor all underwater and surface vessels of the Indian Navy stationed in the region.
Andamans are considered to be strategic islands of the Indian side due to its location from where India can keep an eye on Indian Ocean region and Southeast Asia.