New Delhi: With Eye on China, Myanmar Army Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing begins eight-day visit to the India. The meet, which is to be filled with top-level meetings, visits to defence establishments and a series of banquets gains significance in the wake of the military standoff in the Sikkim border.
After an extensive tour of India, Hlaing is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and security advisor Ajit Doval.
Sources say India is ready to further crank up military supplies to Myanmar to counter Chinese strategic inroads into the country, as part of the overall plan to expand defence cooperation with ASEAN countries under the more action-oriented `Act East’ policy, reports TOI.
India already provides 105mm light artillery guns, rocket launchers, rifles, radars, mortars, bailey bridges, communication gear, night-vision devices, war-gaming software and road construction equipment as well as naval gun-boats, sonars, acoustic domes and directing gear to Myanmar. A $37.9 million deal for the supply of lightweight torpedoes was also recently finalized.
While New Delhi had initially ignored the only ASEAN country with which China shares land and maritime boundaries, it stepped up defence efforts and upgraded diplomatic, economic and military cooperation.