Indian Air Force Chief Concludes Sri Lanka Visit

Indian Air Force Chief Vivek Ram Chaudhari will conclude a four-day visit to Sri Lanka today. India’s Air Force Chief

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Indian Air Force Chief Vivek Ram Chadhari shakes hands with Commander of the Sri Lankan Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathiran | Photo: Daily News

Indian Air Force Chief Vivek Ram Chaudhari will conclude a four-day visit to Sri Lanka today.

India’s Air Force Chief met with Sri Lanka’s top military and political leaders, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe, to strengthen defense cooperation between Indian and Sri Lankan air forces. He also interacted with cadets of the Sri Lanka National Defence College and visited the Sri Lanka Air Force Academy.

The official visit comes amid New Delhi’s growing concern about Beijing’s influence on the island nation. China has become Sri Lanka’s largest bilateral creditor, resulting in Chinese state-owned companies developing numerous infrastructure projects: roads, power plants, railway extensions, ports. Rising interest costs and low return on investment projects have left Colombo scrambling to pay off its debt, with the government handing over a 99-year lease on the Hambantota deep-water port to Beijing. China now has the option of docking its warships and submarines at the deep-water port.

As Sri Lanka struggles to address its reliance on China, expect continued engagement from India. Anticipate in the coming weeks and months greater capacity-building measures toward Sri Lanka’s defense forces and efforts to increase bilateral military interoperability, particularly naval cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.