India assured financial assistance to Maldives, to build-up an anti-China axis in South China sea as PM Narendra Modi joins hand with those countries that belong to the South China sea.
And also edging over China in Male, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomatic flair would be at play in the island nation of Maldives as the Indian Coast Guard takes part in an exercise with its Maldivian and Sri Lankan counterparts starting Monday.
This is India’s first defence engagement with Maldives after the new administration came to power there and openly said that it prefers India over China.
Coast Guard chief Rajendra Singh would be present in Male along with Indian ships, including the advanced offshore patrol vessel ICGS Samar and fast patrol vessel ICG Aryaman.
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In addition, two other Sri Lankan navy officers will receive training in India to embark onto ICGS Samar from Kochi that will leave for the Maldives. The coast guard will subsequently drop them off at Colombo after the exercise concludes.
While Sri Lanka would be represented by Coast Guard vessel SLCGS Raksha, coast guard ship Huravee would join the exercise representing Maldives.
All the ships would be taking part in the exercise along the island nation, where drills would be carried out for security from all kinds of inter-maritime threat.
India would be hoping to continue its momentum at Maldives, following a major diplomatic victory over China in the Indian Ocean Region as it became the “tallest friend” of the new establishment in Maldives.
It is worth mentioning that the Sri Lankan vessel was earlier a part of the Indian Coast Guard while the Maldivian ship was recently overhauled at an Indian shipyard-a measure undertaken to boost the capabilities of its ally nations in the neighbourhood.