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Twitter Faceoff: US Navy violates India’s EEZ without consent, experts react

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NEW DELHI. In an unusually provocative move, the United States announced that it conducted operational patrols in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) this week, without deliberately seeking any prior consent, to assert its `navigational right and freedoms’.

The US Navy regularly conducts such patrols in the contentious South China Sea to challenge China’s aggressive territorial claims over its neighbours. But a provocative declaration of similar patrols in India’s EEZ, at a time the US is seeking India’s cooperation in strengthening “alliances and partnerships” to foster “credible deterrence” against China in the Indo-Pacific, has raised eyebrows here.
There has been no official response from India so far, but several defense and maritime experts reacted to the development on Twitter.
‘Timing unnecessary, move baffling’

‘The move weakens QUAD’

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‘India’s law not consistent with international law’

‘Nothing to outrage here’

‘Biden’s son is compromised to China, therefore harassing a friendly India’

‘Press release issued to embarrass India’

‘Violation bad enough, why publicize?’

‘US has done it to several nations before’

‘No need to make mountain of a molehill’

‘Will PMO react?’

US giving conflicting signals

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