Myanmar will soon work together in achieving maritime security in Bay of
Bengal. Both the neighboring countries are in the advanced stage of signing an
information sharing agreement to boost maritime security. With this agreement,
India along with Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand will cover the whole Bay of
“The details have
been worked out with Myanmar on White Shipping Information sharing,” according
to sources. India has similar arrangement with Mauritius, Seychelles and
Maldives for the same purpose.
He said the
agreement will help the India and Myanmar to exchange information and improve
crisis response in the maritime domain.
move comes in the wake of increased presence of Chinese Naval forces in Bay and
The move comes in
the wake of increased presence of Chinese Naval forces in Bay and Bengal and
Beijing acquiring some islands close to Myanmar. Chinese companies have huge
presence in both Colombo and Hambantota Ports.
India has similar
agreements with Bangladesh and Thailand in the Bay of Bengal region. Taking
into account the high degree of dependence of the above countries on maritime
trade and the emerging asymmetric challenges, India had signed a similar
agreement with Thailand in 2018 to exchange information to raise maritime
domain awareness, greater degree of coordinated patrols, and anti-piracy
measures as areas of immediate importance.
New Delhi and
Yangon have also explored the possibility of cooperation in hydrographic
Bangladesh had also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in October this
year on establishing Coastal Surveillance Radar System in Bangladesh.