India to boost military presence in islands

Moves to counter China.

India to slowly but steadily boost military presence in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

NEW DELHI: India is going ahead with its plan to crank up military force-levels and infrastructure in the strategically-located Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) in a bid to effectively counter China’s strategic moves in the Indian Ocean Region as well as ensure security of sea lanes converging towards Malacca Strait.

The ANC has largely failed to live up to its initial promise when it was established in 2001 as the country’s first unified and till now only “theatre” command, with all the land, sea and air military forces under one operational commander.

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