Chinese Anti Access Strategy: Conceptualising and Contextualising an Indian Version

Brigadier (Retd.) Arun Sahgal, PhD, is Deputy Director Research and Head, Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation, at the United Service Institution of India. He is a member of National Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation, under the NSCS, Government of India.
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  • July 2011

    The asymmetric military balance prevailing between India and China is likely to get accentuated overtime if effective political and military steps are not taken by to address the same. The paper looks upon the need to develop an asymmetric strategy by India to prevent domination by inimical or hostile adversaries. This paper attempts to examine the principles of the Chinese Anti Access Strategy and use that as a model to develop the contours of an Indian ‘Grand Strategy that entails developing military capabilities capable of inflicting damage and raising the cost of intervention. The strategy is aimed at dominating the area of interest through an observable military doctrine backed by a political to serve as dissuasive deterrent and for securing India’s growing geopolitical space. The paper also stresses that, increasingly, India’s doctrinal philosophy must focus on formulating a joint operational doctrine and developing high-tech weapons systems for fighting limited, high-intensity conflicts. In short it offers a conceptual framework for dealing with future security challenges and a possible way forward toward effective capability development.

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