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india's new military push in china's direction sailing warships into an old british penal colony near one of the world's busiest shipping lanes reuter sanji admit what he went to find out more this is board blared in the underwent a nickel bought islands in the bay of bengal which is indeed a strategic territory that overlooks the malacca straits , india slowly building up its civil and military infrastructure in these remote islands like other asian countries india is becoming ever more wary of china's aggressive push on the water beijing is sending naval ships and submarines towards the melaka straits a hugely significant oil shipping corridor india sees that as a challenge to its territory from an old rival the endowment islands arty host a small base but india plans to send out an extra three thousand troops and double the number of naval ships here including front line warships by twenty twenty two , it also wants to revamp this runway for long range recon planes the government tried to expand the islands before bed face challenges the area is ecologically sensitive with rich coral reefs and endangered species , it's also home to indigenous tribes , still prime minister narendra modi is determined to beef up maritime security make sure india's a dominant force in the indian ocean at a time when china is hell bent on flexing its muscles at sea