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"The claim made by the Pakistani Navy is totally bogus."
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Strategically located Maldives plays an important role in the alternative maritime routes that China is seeking to build through initiatives like the One Road One Belt. Much of Beijing's growing assertion in the Indian Ocean is focused on the US-centric club China perceives Washington is building along with India.
As important as it is for New Delhi and Islamabad to have a continuous and non-disruptive dialogue process, today the high stakes for India's neighbourhood policy lie elsewhere, namely in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and Afghanistan.