An aerial view of some of the 524 islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Photo: AFP
An aerial view of some of the 524 islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Photo: AFP
India

Is India planning to spy on Chinese submarines from the Andamans, with a little help from Japan?

  • Long considered an underutilised security asset, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have come into sharper focus amid rising India-China tensions and Beijing’s increased maritime assertiveness
  • The islands have long been off limits to foreign navies for fear of spooking India’s neighbours, but analysts say recent moves with Japan hint at them opening up more to friendly nations

An aerial view of some of the 524 islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Photo: AFP
An aerial view of some of the 524 islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Photo: AFP
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