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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call on Thursday for businesses to participate in the creation of infrastructure that will make India’s 7,500-kilometer coastline an “engine of growth” is certain to be widely welcomed.

 

Much of our earth is covered by the water in oceans, rivers, wells, underground reserves, snow on mountains and moisture in the atmosphere.

 

Despite Maldives's stated 'India First' policy, China will remain the elephant in the room when PM Narendra Modi seeks to address the issue of political instability in the archipelago in a meeting with visiting President Abdulla Yameen on Monday.

 
Last September, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for talks on establishing a global grid, while leading research organizations have participated in conferences looking at what would be needed to establish one.
 

India has long irritated its international interlocutors by its penchant for “public diplomacy”. What we mean by public diplomacy here is somewhat different from the current usage of the term — about informing and influencing public opinion at home and abroad.

 

The South China Sea has become a source of serious regional tensions because China has become increasingly assertive in the area, backed by its growing economic and military strength.

 

Bangladesh established the Marine Fisheries Academy in 1972. It is the only academy of its kind in all of South Asia.

 

The US Navy plans to increase “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea as Beijing continues its military buildup in the contested waterway, admiral has said.

 

Diplomats transform themselves into rock stars when the areas they specialise in assume exceptional prominence.

 

China’s recent acknowledgement that it is establishing its first overseas military base in the Indian Ocean rim nation of Djibouti, located on the Horn of Africa, represents a transformative moment in its quest for supremacy at sea.

 


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