India has complained that China’s Beijing is building a secret base on Coco Islands in Myanmar to increase its surveillance of the Bay of Bengal.
After the satellite images were released, India alleged that radar stations, aircraft hangars, and roads were being installed on the island. New Delhi has officially sent a message to Myanmar to stop this construction. However, Myanmar has denied China’s establishment of a base on its island.
Indo-China conflict over the border issue has been going on for a long time, over Ladakh, Doklam even Arunachal. This time the conflict regarding the sea. Delhi complains that Beijing is building a military base on Coco Island, an island of Myanmar, in the Bay of Bengal.
Delhi has also released Maxar Technologies satellite images. In which, it can be seen that the remote island is being built with radar stations, aircraft hangars, and roads.
Indian intelligence has claimed that this planning and preparation has been going on for the past few months. The distance between Myanmar from the east coast of India is more than 1000 km. But Coco Island is only 50 km from Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Therefore, Delhi believes that having a military base on Coco Island will make it very easy for Beijing to monitor the Andamans. India has given a strong message to Myanmar officials to stop this work, media claims.
Arindam Bagchi, the Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India said, “We are aware of the whole matter. The whole matter is being carefully monitored. Our own safety is of utmost importance to us. India will take action accordingly.”
Myanmar, however, dismissed the Chinese military deployment on its territory as ridiculous. Although the government of India is not convinced by the statement of the Junta government close to China. The Coco Islands consist of several islands in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal. The British handed over ownership of the region to Myanmar when they left the subcontinent.