Under the Security deal signed by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and France President Emmanuel Macron, each country will open its naval bases to warships from the other. China’s mighty strategic shadow hangs over an accord signed by India and France aimed at stepping up military cooperation in the Indian Ocean.
Why China ambitions have been a matter of concern for other countries ?
- Its move into the vast Indian Ocean — stretching from the Suez Canal to the Malacca Strait.
- Beijing is also building up its trading network — the so-called One Belt One Road initiative — which involves many of the Asian and African nations that line the Indian Ocean.
- It has built a port in Pakistan’s Gwadar.
- It also taken a 99-year-lease on Sri Lanka’s Hambantota and bought a number of tiny islands in the Maldives.
- China extended its military presence by opening a naval base in the eastern African nation of Djibouti last year.
- Chinese companies investing in assets ranging from airports to the Bangladesh stock exchange.
- Chinese warships and submarines have increasingly been on patrol around the Andaman and Nicobar islands off Myanmar.
& They essentially work at the behest of the state and all of their investments are actually not commercial investments but strategic investments and they are meant to serve a geopolitical purpose.
What India have done so far to contain the threat facing from China ?
- India has stepped up its patrols in the Sunda Strait in the eastern Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.
- India has boosted its maritime surveillance capability around the Andaman and Nicobar islands off Myanmar.
But some of the critics believe that India haven’t done much to face China expansion in Indian Ocean Region Neither India have much sources to do it..