India Gains a New Naval Foothold in the Seychelles to Counter China’s Ambitions

A security man stands guard as Karanj, India's third Scorpene class submarine, is set afloat during a launch ceremony, Mumbai, India, Jan. 31, 2018 (AP photo by Rafiq Maqbool).
A security man stands guard as Karanj, India's third Scorpene class submarine, is set afloat during a launch ceremony, Mumbai, India, Jan. 31, 2018 (AP photo by Rafiq Maqbool).

On Jan. 31, India signed a 20-year agreement with the island nation of the Seychelles to build an airstrip and jetty for the Indian navy. The pact, which was in the offing for years, reflects greater competition between India and China to establish naval positions in the Indian Ocean. In an email interview, James Holmes, the J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the U.S. Navy War College, discusses the deal and India’s wider strategy to keep tabs on China in what New Delhi sees as its “rightful nautical preserve.” WPR: How does India’s port deal with the Seychelles […]

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