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  • (Manpreet K Singh)
Vice Admiral Anup Singh, one of the overseas delegates at the Indian Ocean Dialogue, says to SBS that the Indian Ocean has become "a crucible for all sorts of crime", and its heartening to note that Australia is now looking more towards the Indian Ocean, than the Pacific.
Manpreet K Singh / SBS Radio Punjabi

12 Sep 2015 - 5:15 PM  UPDATED 9 Sep 2015 - 10:49 AM

The Dialogue took place in Perth from 5 to 7 September and was organised under the auspices of IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) and discussed issues of maritime security, transnational crime. 

Vice Admiral Anup Singh retired as Commander- in -Chief of Indias Eastern Naval Command and is highly regarded as an expert speaker on topics including, maritime security, South China Sea dispute, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and the Blue economy.

In this interview, he talks of China creating a "string of pearls" strategically in Pakistan, East Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as its built ports in these nations, and hence, even the Chinese Navy frequently uses the commercial port facilities in these countries. He says this and the South China Sea dispute have created a new security paradigm in the region.