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Indian Navy denies reports on confrontation with Chinese warship

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 1, IRNA, -- The Indian Navy on Thursday denied reports that a Chinese warship had confronted its assault vessel after it left Vietnamese waters in late July in the disputed South China Sea.

'The INS Airavat returned from its scheduled official deployment to Vietnam without any confrontation with a Chinese vessel,' Navy spokesperson Commander P V S Satish said in a release.

In a report carried by Financial Times in London, it was said that an unidentified Chinese warship had demanded that the INS Airawat, an amphibious assault vessel, identify itself and explain its presence in the South China Sea.

The London-based paper said that the Indian warship was in international waters after completing a scheduled port call in Vietnam.

It had termed the actions of the Chinese warship as the latest example of Beijing's assertiveness which had irked India and Vietnam.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30544975

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