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China Pakistan Submarine Deal: India 'Not Concerned' by Chinese Stealth Attack Submarines Sale to Pakistan

By | Oct 19, 2016 08:03 AM EDT
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Xi Jinping Nawaz Sharif

China is Pakistan’s largest supplier of arms. (Photo : Getty Images )

India said it is not worried about a recent China Pakistan submarine deal. A high ranking official from Indian Navy  said on Tuesday that India is not concerned about China's stealth attack submarines sale to Pakistan.

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"We are not concerned about such a deal," Indian Navy's vice admiral GS Pabby said. "We are only concerned about our submarine program, which is running behind schedule."

As far as China's decision to sell eight submarines to Pakistan is concerned, the Indian Navy is far ahead of Pakistan and much more capable in terms of strength," Pabby continued.

Beijing recently admitted that it has agreed to export eight attack submarines to Pakistan as part of the approximately $5 billion deal signed earlier this year.

Last week, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) organized a conference to discuss the details of the deal .

The country's state media reported that the corporation will supply the eight modified diesel-electric attack submarines to Pakistani Navy by 2028. Four submarines will be reportedly built in CSIC's facilities in China, while the remaining four will be built in Pakistan.

China is a close ally of Pakistan and it is also Pakistan's largest supplier of weapons and one of its biggest trading partners.

Meawnhile, India has been accusing China of supporting its arch rival Pakistan. The tension between India and Pakistan has recently been heightened following a deadly attack on an Indian military camp in Kashmir state that left eighteen Indian soldiers dead. Beijing continues to support Islamabad despite New Delhi's displeasure over its stance relative to the Kashmir issue. 

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