The Chinese Navy has not been invited to one of the biggest naval exercises- Milan- in the Indian Ocean because the Indian Navy which is hosting it doesn’t believe it to be ‘like minded’ and share ‘interoperability’.
The development was shared by the Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh. When asked why China was excluded from Milan 2020, which will take place next year, he replied, “We are talking about our Indian Ocean Region. We have called the people that we think our like minded…With others we have much better interoperability.”
Forty-one countries, including the US and Russia and some others who don’t have much in common, have been invited to Milan, which will be conducted at Visakhapatnam in March next year. “We are interested in interoperability and learning best practises, so that we can meet all the challenges that are present in the Indian Ocean…There are problems between various countries, but that is not the issue here,” he said.