Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 13:28
India widens Defence representation at High Commission in Colombo
India has beefed up the Defence Ministry’s representation at the Indian High Commission in Colombo.
Col Gurinder S Klaire has been appointed as Deputy Defence Advisor to assist Defence Advisor Capt Prakash Gopalan.
With this, for the first time, there is an army man in the Defence wing of the mission although traditionally, Defence Advisors in the Colombo mission have been only from the navy.
These are apparently moves made in view of the strategic importance of Sri Lanka in the context of the increasing influence of China on it, and the existence of strong ties with Pakistan.
The New Indian Express went on to say that Sri Lanka has lately seen high profile military leaders from China, Pakistan and India visiting it.
In May this year came General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China.