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India-China naval 'faceoff' reports bogus

Rediff news bureau | February 09, 2009 12:59 IST

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Reports claiming that Chinese warships had engaged in a standoff with an Indian submarine in the Gulf of Aden, which appeared on major Chinese Web sites last week, were false.

The report first appeared in the Chinese newspaper Qingdao Zaobao as part of a series on the Chinese navy's expedition to protect commercial shipping from Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

The report spoke of how Chinese warships on an anti-piracy mission were supposedly stalked by an Indian submarine.

Subsequent investigations revealed that the details of the 'standoff' was actually from a Chinese military drill in 2008 and had no factual basis, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

The false report was given prominence by almost the all major Chinese news Web sites.

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