India has been given access to the key port of Duqm in Oman for military use and logistic support. Getting access was one of the key highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Oman.
India took a subtle dig at China on the Maldives issue and said that it hoped all countries played a constructive role rather than doing the opposite.
New Delhi: India continues to watch closely the crisis in Maldives. While it issued a statement on Tuesday stating that it is disturbed by the events in Maldives, there are no signals of an interference by India as yet.
India should stop intervening in Male, the Chinese have said. An editorial in the Global Times suggests that China is not happy with India intervening in Maldives which has plunged into crisis.
There was a very important announcement made in the Union Budget 2018 presented on Thursday. The government has decided to build a tunnel at an elevation of 13,700 feet and this would ensure faster movement of troops in Tawang a strategically located town in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.
The appointment of Vijay Gokhale as the foreign secretary of India could well add a feather to the cap of the government. There are many challenges before him, but the one posed by the dragon is probably the biggest.
Those who have worked with him personally say that he is possibly the best answer in today’s scenario when ties with China are not at its best. For starters, he is well-versed in Mandarin which many view as a plus point.
Vijay Gokhale took over the foreign secretary of India. Gokhale a seasoned diplomat took over from S Jaishankar. The appointment of Gokhale comes at a very crucial time especially in the wake of tense ties with China. In his appointment, India can hope that the teething issues with China could be sorted out and in this regard, his experience would be of great help.
Doklam is back in the news. Amidst talk of Chinese activity, it is important to note that it is in the best interest that status quo is maintained.
The Delhi declaration adopted by all 10 ASEAN nations and India makes a specific mention about the South China Sea.
China described the construction activity at Doklam as legitimate and said that it was aimed at improving the lives of its troops and people living on its own territory.