India, Sri Lanka vow to strengthen military ties as China clout grows Jan 20, 2020 0 952 12345 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) RELATED ARTICLES Police fire tear gas, arrest protesters in latest demonstration in Hong Kong Jan 20, 2020 0 1193 Philippine volcano evacuees warned not to come home as risk still high Jan 20, 2020 0 898 Pakistan PM calls for UN intervention in Kashmir Jan 20, 2020 0 669 Australia tourism gets $76 million bush fire recovery boost Canberra: Australia’s conservative government has announced a 76-million-dollar (52.3 million US dollars) tourism recovery package in response to the country’s devastating summer bush fires. Prime Minister Scott .. Russia’s Medvedev to remain head of governing party Moscow: Dmitry Medvedev intends to remain the chair of Russia’s ruling United Russia party following his resignation as prime minister last week. “I remain the head of the party,” the 54-year-old ally of President ..