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China’s surveillance network can easily locate targets in Indian Ocean 

Beijing, Jan 1 (IANS) China has established an underwater surveillance network which will help its navy track target vessels more accurately and give it a cutting edge in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, reports on Monday said.

Experts believe the technology will “tip the scales in China’s favour” in the disputed South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, where India currently “holds sway”.

According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, the system collects information about the underwater environment, particularly water temperature and salinity, which the navy can then use to more accurately track target vessels as well as improve navigation and positioning.

China is flexing its muscles in the world’s seas by claiming the world’s busiest sea routes and establishing foreign naval bases.

Although the Chinese navy is still no match for the US, its forays in the world’s sea routes and growing assertiveness has worried Washington, Tokyo, Canberra and New Delhi.

“The project, led by the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is part of an unprecedented military expansion fuelled by Beijing’s desire to challenge the United States in the world’s oceans,” the Post report said.

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