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No report of Chinese movement in Indian waters near Andamans

india Updated: Sep 10, 2009 21:35 IST

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The Navy today said it had no report of any movement of the Chinese Navy in Indian waters at the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

"There is no report of any Chinese movement in our waters in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands," Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anup Singh said when asked about reports of Chinese incursion into Indian waters.

On reports of Chinese presence in the Coco Islands near the Andamans, he said India had taken up the issue with Myanmar which has jurisdiction over the island, but the latter had denied the report.

Singh, who was talking to newsmen after the commissioning ceremony of two Water Jet propelled Fast Attack Craft, said fishing trawlers from neighbouring countries occasionally forayed into the Indian waters, but they were intercepted by the Coast Guards, which was playing a commendable constabulary and patrolling role.

He said work was on to implement the satellite-based Long Range Information Tracking (LRIT) system, established by the IMO in 2006, to counter the menace of terrorism.

"It was initially decided that the system would be in place by December, last year. But there had been some slippages and work is on to implement it soon," he said.

LRIT helps isolate ships not in the list of vessels authorised to enter the territorial waters of a country.