By Bhaskar Roy
While the international community was fixated on the developments in the South China Sea and the Asia Pacific Region (APR), something else was quietly happening in the western end of the
Earlier in the year
China gifted two Y-12 surveillance aircraft to the under an existing defence support agreement arrived at in 2004. In April two Chinese frigates visited Seychelles , and its naval hospital ship Peace-Ark visited the small island nation in November 2010 when a total of 139 people were treated on board. Seychelles
It is difficult to accept that China’s setting up of a naval base is a one-off development to counter piracy, though anti-piracy operations in the region especially off the Somalian coast and the Gulf of Aden are important not only to secure China’s shipping but for merchant vessels plying under other flags.
(Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group-SAAG)