China not among 41 friendly nations invited for Naval drills hosted by India

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Despite the bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, India has reservations to include Chinese Navy in maritime exercises even though the armies of the two countries will be participating in military drills later this month.

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh made it clear that only “like-minded” countries will be part of the upcoming Milan Exercise for which Indian Navy has sent invites to 41 countries.

He said this while answering a question on why China was not invited for the drill to be held in March 2020 to be hosted by the Indian Navy.

To a specific question why China was being left out despite the cooperation in all fields envisaged by Modi and Jinping, Admiral Singh said, “This is beyond my pay grade.”

He made it clear that Chinese activities in the Indian Ocean Region started in 2008 and have enhanced their presence ever since. Read More

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