China donates frigate to Sri Lanka, trains military

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China has announced its intent to deepen military cooperation with Sri Lanka by giving it a frigate and continuing to train the Sri Lankan military.

The announcement comes amid escalating competition between China and India in the Indian Ocean region and adds to India's fears about China's debt traps and naval bases in its neighbourhood.

It also strengthens the Chinese "string of pearls" narrative popular in the Indian strategic imagination.

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