New Delhi: Indian Navy’s stealth frigate INS Sahyadri on Friday entered Vietnam’s Da Nang, and will stay there for four weeks as a part of “operational deployment” in the South China Sea and the northwest Pacific region, a defense statement said.
In its visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between the two navies, the ship will engage in various activities aimed at enhancing cooperation and interaction with the Vietnamese navy.
These include official calls and interactions with dignitaries of the Vietnamese government and the Vietnamese Peoples’ Navy (VPN), an onboard reception and visits by local populace, and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies.
Indian warships had visited Vietnam’s Hai Phong in August last year.
An indigenously-built Shivalik Class multi-role stealth frigate, INS Sahyadri boasts of an impressive array of weaponry in her arsenal, including long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missiles and powerful guns of different calibers. The capability to carry two integral multi-role helicopters significantly enhances its potency.
INS Sahyadri is presently being commanded by Captain Kunal Raj Kumar.
Chinese authorities have stepped up efforts to block virtual private networks (VPN), service providers said Tuesday in describing a “cat-and-mouse” game with censors ahead of a major trade expo and internet conference.
VPNs allow internet users in China, including foreign companies, to access overseas sites that authorities bar through the so-called Great Firewall, such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Since Xi Jinping became president in 2013, authorities have sought to curb VPN use, with providers suffering periodic lags in connectivity because of government blocks.
“This time, the Chinese government seemed to have staff on the ground monitoring our response in real time and deploying additional blocks,” said Sunday Yokubaitis, the chief executive of Golden Frog, the maker of the VyprVPN service.
Authorities started blocking some of its services on Sunday, he told Reuters, although VyprVPN’s service has since been restored in China.
“Our counter measures usually work for a couple of days before the attack profile changes and they block us again,” Yokubaitis said.
The latest attacks were more aggressive than the “steadily increasing blocks” the firm had experienced in the second half of the year, he added.
The Cyberspace Administration of China did not respond immediately to a faxed request from Reuters to seek comment.
Another provider, ExpressVPN, also acknowledged connectivity issues on its services in China on Monday that sparked user complaints.
“There has long been a cat-and-mouse game with VPNs in China and censors regularly change their blocking techniques,” its spokesman told Reuters.
Last year, Apple Inc dropped a number of unapproved VPN apps from its app store in China, after Beijing adopted tighter rules.
Although fears of a blanket block on services have not materialized, industry experts say VPN connections often face outages around the time of major events in China.
Xi will attend a huge trade fair in Shanghai next week designed to promote China as a global importer and calm foreign concern about its trade practices, while the eastern town of Wuzhen hosts the annual World Internet Conference to showcase China’s vision for internet governance.