Council for Strategic Affairs

Council for Strategic Affairs

Strategic Affairs Distinguished Lecture: “Chinese Base on the CoCo Islands – Maritime Security Concerns”

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    • 1 hour 30 minutes

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Date: Saturday, May 27th, 2023

Time: 10.00 AM EST (Washington D.C.) | 7:30 PM IST
(New Delhi)

Location: Online

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You are cordially invited to Strategic Affairs Distinguished Lecture  
Chinese Base on the CoCo Islands – Maritime Security Concerns; Saturday, May 27th, 2023, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST 

Distinguished Panelists 
Rear Admiral Sanatan Kulshrestha, Indian Navy (Retd.)

Dr. A. Adityanjee, President 
Council for Strategic Affairs

About the Lecture 

CoCo Islands is a small group of islands in the Northeastern Bay of Bengal near the Andaman Nicobar islands. They are part of the Yangon Region of Myanmar. The islands are located 414 km (257 mi) south of the city of Yangon. Coco Island group consists of five islands: four on Great Coco Reef and one on the Little Coco Reef. To the north of this island group lies Preparis Island, belonging to Myanmar. To the south lies the Landfall Island, belonging to India.These islands once belonged to India but during Nehru’s Prime Ministership, the ownership and possession were transferred to Myanmar. For more than two decades Communist China was operating a listening post on the CoCo Islands. Since India’s decision to transform Andaman and Nicobar into a tri-service theatre command, there is chatter about Communist China, with connivance and concurrence of Myanmar military government developing the facility into a Chinese naval base. There are serious maritime security implications for India. Admiral Kulshrestha will discuss various aspects of this emerging maritime threat.

About the Distinguished Panelists 

Rear Admiral S Kulshrestha
Rear Admiral S Kulshrestha is an alumnus of Jodhpur University with Gold Medal in Solid State Physics in his Post Graduation. He joined Indian Navy in the year 1975 and was awarded Silver Medal at the Naval Academy, the Telescope and the Sword of Honour for being adjudged the best Naval Officer during initial training. He did his specialisation in Quality Assurance of Naval Armament and adorned various key appointments at Naval Command Headquarters , DRDO establishments, Ordnance Factories and finally rose to become the Director General of Naval Armament Inspection (DGNAI) at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy). During his career spanning over three decades in the Armament Quality Organisation in the Indian Navy, he has gained and attained thorough knowledge of Quality Assurance of sophisticated naval armament, Quality Management Systems, Project Management, Negotiation on technical as well as financial subjects.

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