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Circle Of Suspicion

Roads, signal towers, bases: despite denials, facts point to a growing Chinese presence in Myanmar

Circle Of Suspicion
Circle Of Suspicion
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FOR years, international defence experts have been reporting Chinese activity in Myanmar, particularly on the Great Coco Island, just 20 nautical miles from the northern tip of the Andamans. The rapidly growing Chinese presence in Myanmar, which started after the military regime assumed power in Rangoon in 1989, has lent credence to Indian fears that China plans to "encircle" India strategically.

 "China’s aim is to have a strategic outpost in the Indian Ocean. Encircling India is its grand strategy," asserts Maj. Gen. Y.K. Gera, deputy director of the United Services Institution. Of immediate concern to India is the presence of four Chinese radar bases at Man-Aung Island off the Arakhan coast, Hainggyi Island near the mouth of the Bassein (Pathein) river, Great Coco Island, and Za Det Kyi Island (also known as St. Matthew’s Island). The St. Matthew’s Island base, the biggest of the four, also has a direct satellite link with China. In addition, there has been an increased Chinese naval presence off the Myanmar coast, according...

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