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Garcia, which in addition to being midway between the American bases in the Philippines and Asmara in Ethiopia, has the advantages of being thinly populated and of having a first class deep-sea harbour inside a coral reef and a long airstrip that can take the latest jets. The bid to take over Diego Garcia means a qualitative change in the character of the military interest of western powers in South-East Asia. It is not beyond the realm of the possible that soon nuclear wea ponry might be introduced in this area, spelling the final and irrevocable defeat of the concept of a nuclear- free zone in the Indian Ocean. A relevent question in this context is what the Soviet has up its sleeve. Should Moscow decide to accept the western challenge in the Indian Ocean with a series of diplomatic moves in the Ocean's peripheral states, we would see an intensification of the cold war in an area in which India has very important stakes.

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