India-China standoff: How India is countering China’s aggression with ‘neighbourhood diplomacy’


To counter China, India’s topmost representatives have travelled to five countries in its immediate and the extended neighbourhood. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is on a tour to West Asia, foreign secretary Harsh Shringla is on a tour of Nepal and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is on a tour to Sri Lanka.

Doval, India’s National Security Advisor, arrived in Colombo on Friday for trilateral maritime dialogue among India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Sri Lanka will host the fourth national security advisor trilateral meeting on maritime security cooperation with India and Maldives on Friday and Saturday.

This will be the first NSA level meeting on Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation. Besides Doval, Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Major General (Retd). Kamal Gunaratne and Maldives Defence Minister Mariya Didi will participate in the meeting.

To defeat China’s unending unilateralism, the agenda of the meeting will be cooperation and collective action on security issues in the Indian Ocean region.

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