Seychelles president meets with Chinese military delegation

People's Daily Online - Tue, 17 July 2012

James Alix Michel, president of the Republic of Seychelles, met with the Chinese military delegation headed by Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), on July 13, 2012 in Victoria, capital of Seychelles. Michel said that Seychelles and China enjoy very friendly relations. The two sides have long been carrying out friendly cooperation in various fields including politics, trade and economy and culture. ...more

Military Diplomacy: China woos Seychelles

The Indian Express - Mon, 16 July 2012

The weekend's visit to Seychelles by a top People's Liberation Army official marks the deepening of the military relationship between the tiny Indian Ocean island state, and China. The Deputy Chief of the People's Liberation Army, Gen Ma Xiaotian met with President of Seychelles James Michel on Saturday and reaffirmed China's commitment to deepen bilateral military cooperation. Although Seychelles has close military and naval cooperation with India and the United States, it has been quite open to Beijing's military overtures. ...more

India worried as China gets close to Seychelles

The Straits Times Singapore - Wed, 14 December 2011

China has confirmed that it is considering using the Seychelles as a refuelling port for its navy ships participating in anti-piracy operations off Africa, reviving fears in India that it is being encircled by its Asian rival. The Seychelles development came days after the Asian giants concluded their annual defence secretary-level talks by agreeing to maintain peace and tranquillity along their uneasy frontier. It caps a tense year between the two nations, which share a 4,000km border and are jockeying for influence in the region. ...more

Chinese Military Considers New Indian Ocean Presence

The Wall Street Journal - Wed, 14 December 2011

China is considering a proposal from the Seychelles, a tiny island nation off the coast of East Africa, for Chinese navy ships to use its ports to rest and take on supplies while participating in antipiracy patrols, according to both governments. The Seychelles has also proposed that China base military reconnaissance aircraft and personnel at its main airport, from where the U.S. operates surveillance drones, the Seychelles' foreign minister, Jean-Paul Adam, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. ...more

UAE donates patrol craft to Seychelles Coast Guard

Jane's Navy International - Sat, 01 January 2011

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The Seychelles Coast Guard's counter-piracy capabilities have received a significant boost with the addition of five patrol craft donated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Naval Forces. ...more

Le retour des Américains

Le Quotidien de la Réunion - Mon, 07 September 2009

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Pendant la période de décolonisation dans l’océan Indien, l’archipel des Seychelles avait opté pour un « socialisme tropicalisé », à l’instar de Cuba dans les Caraïbes, et s’était rapproché du bloc soviétique, entraînant, au fil des ans, une dégradation de ses relations avec les Etats-Unis. ...more