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According to Deccan Chronicle, India is concerned about newly surfaced satellite photographs showing increased construction activity in the remote Great Coco Islands of Myanmar, which are only about 55 kilometres north of the vital Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

There have previously been claims that the Great Coco Islands were used as a listening station by the Chinese military to eavesdrop on Indian activities.

There are several important Naval and Air Force bases on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are under the jurisdiction of Andaman and Nicobar Command, India’s only active tri-services command.

India is concerned about the building going on in the island because of the tight ties between China and the military government in Myanmar.

“There are clear indications of military modernization and the construction of infrastructure to accommodate aircraft as the islands undergo a gradual transformation. According on the most recent photos, Myanmar might soon plan to carry out maritime surveillance activities from the Great Coco Islands, according to Damien Symon, an Intel Lab geospatial intelligence researcher, and John Pollock of Chatham House.

According to the report, two new hangars, a new causeway, and what looks to be an accommodation bloc are all visible next to a radar station and a recently extended 2,300-meter runway.

It stated that traces of land clearance efforts signalling impending building activity was seen as of late March on the southern point of Great Coco, close past the causeway joining the islands.

Rajnath, the Defence Minister

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