Indian Air Chief Marshal Visits Sri Lanka to Enhance Bilateral Defense Ties Amid China’s Growing Influence
Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari, the Chief of the Air Staff of India, arrived in Sri Lanka for a four-day official visit to strengthen the bilateral defense cooperation between the two countries. The visit comes amid China’s growing influence in the island nation.
The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka tweeted that the visit underlines the strong defense ties between India and Sri Lanka. The Air Chief Marshal was warmly received by AVM RAUP Rajapaksa, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Air Force, and Deputy HC Vinod K Jacob on arrival.
During his visit, Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari is scheduled to meet with Sri Lanka’s top political and military leaders to discuss ways to enhance the defense cooperation between the two countries. The discussions will include matters of mutual interest and will strengthen the existing bonds between the two countries.
India and Sri Lanka have had a long-standing relationship in the field of defense, and the Indian military has been providing training and assistance to the Sri Lankan military for many years. The two countries have also been cooperating in counter-terrorism efforts and maritime security.
However, China’s growing influence in Sri Lanka has become a cause for concern for India. Sri Lanka has been a recipient of Chinese aid and investment, and the Chinese have been involved in several infrastructure projects in the country, including the development of ports and highways.
India has been keeping a close eye on these developments and has expressed its concerns about China’s increasing presence in Sri Lanka. India has also been working to enhance its own presence in Sri Lanka and has been providing assistance to the country in various fields, including defense.
The visit by Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari is expected to further strengthen the defense ties between India and Sri Lanka and will help in countering the growing Chinese influence in the region. The visit also comes at a time when India is looking to enhance its strategic presence in the Indo-Pacific region.