Not setting up Naval Bases in Indian Ocean, says China

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  • Defending its submarine's docking at Colombo port as common practice, Chinese military termed “utterly groundless“ reports that it is setting up 18 naval bases several places in the western and southern Indian Ocean.
  • A Namibian newspaper had quoted a Chinese media report stating that Beijing plans to set up 18 naval bases in several countries.
  • Geng said the submarine of the China's People's Liberation Navy made “technical docking“ twice in Colombo.
  • The submarine's docking evoked concerns in India especially in the backdrop that Colombo port was renovated with funding from China.