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India, Sri Lanka vow to strengthen military ties as China clout grows

Colombo: Sri Lanka and India vowed to strengthen military ties and widen maritime links with neighbours after security talks, the president’s office said on Sunday, as China’s economic clout increases in the region.
China has been widening its footprint in the region, including building ports and expressways and upgrading airports in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met on Saturday with Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and discussed setting up a maritime research coordination centre, Rajapaksa’s office said in a statement. It did not give details of the proposed centre, but said other nations in the region should be included as observers. It said the two countries also discussed closer military and coastguard cooperation. (AFP)