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(Reuters) - India will soon be supplying naval vessels to Vietnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, the first significant military transfer to Hanoi at a time when it is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China.

The announcement came after Modi held talks with his visiting Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, during which the two sides agreed to modernise the Vietnamese military as well as raise Indian involvement in Vietnam's energy sector.

Both India and Vietnam have territorial disputes with China - India in the Himalayas and Vietnam in the South China Sea. New Delhi and Hanoi are beefing up defences even as they ramp up commercial ties with China, the world's second-largest economy.

"Our defence cooperation with Vietnam is among our most important," Modi told reporters, adding it will be expanded.

Top of the agenda is the sale of four offshore patrol vessels that Vietnam wants to improve its defences in the energy rich-South China Sea where it is locked in competing claims with China.

Talks on the naval craft have gathered pace since last month when India announced a $100 million credit line for defence purchases, an Indian government official earlier told Reuters.

"We will quickly operationalise the $100 million Line of Credit that will enable Vietnam to acquire new naval vessels from India," Modi said.

Vietnam wants the craft for surveillance off its coast and around its military bases in the Spratly island chain in the South China Sea where it is building a credible naval deterrent to China with Kilo-class submarines from Russia.

Claims by an increasingly assertive China over most of the South China have set it directly against U.S. allies Vietnam and the Philippines. Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also claim parts of the waters.

Beijing's placement of an oil rig in disputed waters earlier this year infuriated Vietnam but the coastguard vessels it dispatched to the platform were each time chased off by larger Chinese boats.

India and Vietnam called for peaceful resolution of the disputes in the region.

"They agreed that freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea/South China Sea should not be impeded and called the parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid threats or use of force," a joint statement said.

The two sides also signed an agreement under which India's state-run oil exploration arm, ONGC Videsh Ltd, will enhance cooperation with PetroVietnam.

"The agreement underlines Vietnamese invitation to OVL to expand its presence in Vietnam and further consolidate cooperation in exploration and other areas between the two countries in energy sector," the joint statement said.

China has previously criticised India's cooperation with Vietnam in the oil and gas sector, saying its exploration activities off the Vietnam coast are illegal.

On Tuesday, responding to a question on India and Vietnam exploring oil together in the South China Sea, Beijing said it would have no problem so long as it was carried out in waters that were not disputed.

"China has indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and its adjacent waters. We have no objection to countries who want to carry out legitimate and lawful oil and gas cooperation in waters that we have no dispute over," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

"But if such cooperation harms China’s sovereignty and interests, we will resolutely oppose it."



(Additional reporting by Sui-Lee Wee in BEIJING; Editing by Nick Macfie)

India to supply Vietnam with naval vessels amid China disputes| Reuters

Has this news already been posted? If yes, then please point me to that thread because I can't seem
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While it is not clear if the 4 ships being sold to Vietnam will have cruise missiles or not, it has been revealed that the
ships are based on the 75-meter NOPV design by Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL), which is
capable of carrying 8 x Kh-35/Harpoon/Exocet type missiles -

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That can be one of the byproduct of the deal but certainly not main objective.
I didn't claim it was the main objective but, for me, it is the most positive aspect of all this. I don't particularly see India getting itself embroiled in a conflict between China and the Vietnamese as a particularly pleasant situation.
 

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More important will be the fact that once we ascertain ourselves as a defence supplier to Vietnam, there can be
bigger, better things to follow.
 

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I didn't claim it was the main objective but, for me, it is the most positive aspect of all this. I don't particularly see India getting itself embroiled in a conflict between China and the Vietnamese as a particularly pleasant situation.


All the while, China has been getting embroiled in between India and Pakistan ??

There has been change of guard in Delhi, expect change in attitude.
 
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hence Sri Lanka giving port to China for subs is their counter response.

Indian Navy vessels have gone and berthed in China's backyard (Vietnam, Philippines, Japan) several times in the past.

Now a Chinese vessel has berthed in Sri Lanka...what's the big issue?
 

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Indian Navy vessels have gone and berthed in China's backyard (Vietnam, Philippines, Japan) several times in the past.

Now a Chinese vessel has berthed in Sri Lanka...what's the big issue?

Exactly, Not at all a big issue, that people need to know. We try to play games in their backyard, they will do it in Kashmir Arunachal and Sri Lanka.
 

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Vietnam seriously needs to expand its GDP by atleast 7 to 8% per year then it can even afford to go for joint projects with India.
 

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So what you purpose us to do is to meekly ask them not to encircle us ??

How would encircling them make you counter their industry? it is not affecting their economy unless we manage to take some business out of their hands. But encircling them is surely hampering our economy.
 

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