<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>article said “as a major country by the Indian Ocean, India believes its security and prosperity depends on its control of the Indian Ocean”. “As long as it controls the ocean, it will be able to dominate the ocean and countries along it, and control the vast area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean”. “Therefore, India was considering the ‘Indian Ocean control strategy’ in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the 21st century, it is determined to build a far-sea attack- oriented navy with air control capability in order to maintain its position as the ‘regional dominator’, counter China’s far-sea naval strength build-up, and guarantee safe and smooth maritime routes in the Indian Ocean,” the article said. It said though India opted for aircraft carriers earlier, lack of indigenous research and development (R&D) has affected its plans to have three aircraft carriers. “The Indian Navy’s dream of having three aircraft carriers has fallen flat because it overestimated its R&D capability and the country’s overall strength, and undertook an excessively massive strategy that eventually got stranded. “India mistook the deterrence of aircraft carrier for combat capability and was possessed with the carrier complex,” it said. The lessons China can draw from India are that it should attach great importance and provide continuous support to the development of aircraft carriers, the article said. But at the same time, China should continue to reinforce its innovation and R&D capability, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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Referring to India’s strategy with aircraft carriers, the