South Asia and Beyond

No Reason For Alarm But India Should Keep An Eye On Coco Island

NEW DELHI: Recent reports suggest a spurt in construction activity, apparently by the Chinese or with their assistance, on Myanmar’s Coco Island that could pose a security threat to India. The island is located just 18 nautical miles off the northernmost tip of India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There’s chatter that signal intelligence infrastructure on the Coco Island is being spruced up, which could be used to snoop on Indian military assets in the Bay of Bengal. In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale explains why there’s no need to press the panic button yet and how improved infrastructure in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands can come in handy.

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