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Nothing wrong in China setting base in Seychelles: Def Min

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NEW DELHI (PTI): The Defence Ministry Tuesday said it did not see anything "wrong" in China setting up a military base in Seychelles since this appeared to be part of Beijing's efforts to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean region.

"The world has mutual concerns about piracy going on in that region. They are also trying to play a major role in that. I think they are augmenting their anti-piracy efforts. I don't see anything wrong in this," Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju told reporters here.

The Minister made these remarks when he was asked if the development was a matter of concern for India.

China on Monday has announced that it will set up its first military base abroad in the Indian Ocean island of Seychelles to "seek supplies and recuperate" facilities for its Navy.

The naval fleet may seek supplies or recuperate at appropriate harbours in Seychelles or other countries as needed during escort missions, Chinese defence ministry had said.

The base in Seychelles is regarded significant by analysts as China is about to launch its first aircraft carrier. It is currently undergoing final trials.

Playing down its significance, a Chinese defence ministry statement on Monday said it is an international practice for naval fleets to re-supply at the closest port of a nearby state during long-distance missions

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