This is coolbert:
Great Power rivalry.
First the Maldives and now the Seychelles?
Some damn fool thing in the Seychelles? Who would have ever thought it?
Thanks in both instances to the tip from Jeff. As is germane to the previous blog entry the topic of which was a potential Indian-Chinese show-down over the Maldive Islands.
1. "India To Build Major Overseas Military Base Off Africa To Combat China"
India is preparing to construct a significant overseas military base on an island in Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean.
Last month, Seychelles and India signed a twenty-year agreement, permitting the Indian military to build an airbase and naval installations on Assumption Island, a small island in the Outer Islands of Seychelles north of Madagascar, said Seychelles News Agency.
2. "‘China deploys warships to East Indian Ocean’ amid rivalry with India"
A Chinese news portal says 11 Chinese warships have entered the East Indian Ocean this month, in what seems to have been a show of strength amid a rivalry in the region with India and a crisis in the Maldives.
Think String of Pearls Strategy and counter String of Pearls Strategy.