Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced Thursday, Feb. 4, that the country is ready to supply heavy weapons, including missiles, radar, and tanks to allied countries in the Indian Ocean. He made the announcement in a public speech at the opening of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Defense Ministers’ forum, a forum that promotes the development of stability and prosperity in the Indian Ocean region, to which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does not belong.

The southern Indian city of Bengaluru was the venue of the conference on Feb. 4, timed to coincide with the 13th annual Aero India exhibition, Asia’s largest military aviation exhibition, Indian media outlet Indian Express reported.

R. Madhavan (L), Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), presents a model of light combat aircraft “Tejas” to India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh (C) during the Aero India 2021 air show at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, India, on Feb. 3, 2021. (Samuel Rajkumar/Reuters)

In the inaugural address, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said New Delhi “could assume the role of a network security provider in the IOR,” considering that India is the largest country in the bloc, which includes 19 member states surrounding the Indian Ocean, a territory in constant dispute mainly because of the sweeping advance of the CCP and its illogical territorial claims across the area. 

Singh said, “India is ready to supply various types of Missile systems, Light Combat Aircrafts/Helicopters, Multi-Purpose Light Transport aircraft, Warship and Patrol Vessels, Artillery Gun systems, Tanks, Radars, Military Vehicles, Electronic Warfare Systems, and other weapons systems to IOR countries.” 

India seeks to position itself as a real power in constant growth, not only economically, but also in terms of military power, being able to supply weapons to its partner countries in conflict zones.

IOR countries working together

Singh, referring to the CCP and its steady advance in the Indian Ocean conflict zone, urged his IOR partners and collaborators to focus on common territory security, trade, connectivity, counterterrorism, and exchanges between the participating countries.

India during the last few years under the Trump administration, had the constant collaboration of the United States in its struggle to maintain peace and curb the CCP’s attempts to destabilize the Indo-Pacific region. 

Even together with the United States, Australia, and Japan have formed a strategic alliance known as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, with the shared goal of countering CCP expansion in the region. 

With the arrival of President Joe Biden in the White House, it remains to be seen what the official U.S. position will be on these conflicts, although because of Biden’s known connections to the Chinese communist regime and their common globalist and leftist agenda, he is expected to develop a much more friendly and permissive policy toward the CCP.

In addition to countering CCP expansion in the Indian Ocean region, India has been working to resolve a monthslong military standoff with the CCP along its unmarked Himalayan border, following deadly clashes between the two last year. To this day there remains a situation of extreme tension throughout the area.