India’S 4 Ports Abroad: India’S Strategic Coastline Extends from Seychelles to Indonesia(Important) (Download PDF)

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India & Indonesia have agreed to upgrade their ties to comprehensive strategic partnership as 2 countries signed 15 agreements including one on defence cooperation. India got military access to Indonesia’s Sabang port. That adds to our growing naval heft in neighbourhood.

Image of India's Coastline Extends from Seychelles

Image of India’s Coastline Extends from Seychelles

Image of India’s Coastline Extends from Seychelles

  • Potential areas of cooperation in marine, economy, & socio-culture as well as on critical regional & global issues including terrorism.

India now has access to 4 important ports abroad:

  • Sabang, Indonesia: Its position at mouth of Malacca Strait makes it crucial. Malacca Strait is main shipping lane b/w Indian Ocean & Pacific Ocean. It is one of busiest sea routes. Deep sea port (deep enough for submarines too) will help counter China’s rising maritime influence in region.

  • Duqm, Oman: India gained military access to port on Oman’s southern coast this year. Duqm, on northwestern edge of Indian Ocean, provides easy access to Red Sea.

  • Chabahar, Iran: This is close to Pakistan’s Gwadar port where China has invested heavily. It falls on North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) that links India to Central Asia & Europe.

  • Assumption Island, Seychelleys: This is infrastructure project. Agreement had to be revised due to political opposition in Seychelles but broadly it signals step forward for India’s strategic interests.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 31, 2018

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