Tuesday, October 24, 2023

China Steps Up Influence in Western Indian Ocean

 The Australian Institute of International Affairs posted on 16 October 2023 a commentary titled "China's Western Indian Ocean Step Up" by Kate O'Shaughnessy, Perth USAsia Centre and former Australian high commissioner to Mauritius and Seychelles and ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros.

China has been steadily building its presence in the Western Indian Ocean.  Beijing has the largest diplomatic presence in Seychelles and is the largest foreign donor in the Comoros.  France and India are watching this development with concern.