Indian Admiral Karambir Singh announced the news in a press conference on Tuesday, saying that New Delhi’s “stand is that if you have to do anything in our EEZ (exclusive economic zone), you have to notify us and take permission”, Presstv Reported.
The Indian navy authorities said that they had spotted the Chinese Research vessel Shi Yan 1 in India’s “EEZ” some 200 nautical miles off the coast of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are an Indian archipelago.
Asian News International quoted unnamed Indian government sources as saying on Tuesday that the Chinese vessel was carrying out research activities in Indian waters, but it might have also been used by the Chinese government to spy on India’s activities in the island territory.
After receiving warning signals by the Indian navy, the Chinese vessel left the Indian waters and sailed to another destination, probably toward China, the sources added.
According to Indian media reports, the navy’s maritime surveillance aircraft had spotted the vessel in the region, prompting the navy to send a warship that drove it away.
The archipelago is regarded as a strategic territory, where India can keep an eye on the Indian Ocean region and Southeast Asia.
China has not yet commented on the Indian account.