A Chinese surface action group composed of a Type 071 amphibious transport dock, a Type 052D destroyer and a Type 054A frigate, supported by a comprehensive supply ship, has recently entered the eastern Indian Ocean, Chinese state media reported Feb. 12. The naval force is separate from China's 28th anti-piracy task force already operating in the western Indian Ocean. As the political crisis in the Maldives continues, an increased Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean provides China additional military options in the region and works as a strategic deterrent against possible Indian military action.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this report cited Twitter users. It has been updated to reflect the original source of the reports.