JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

India, to the South China Sea and Beyond

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  • January 2013
    Volume: 
    7
    Issue: 
    1
    Commentaries

    This commentary attempts to map out some of the salient options for India in the region east of the Indian Ocean, that is, from the South China Sea (SCS) extending to the South Pacific. A maritime debate, the role and function of the Indian Navy is thus central. Located at the gateway between the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the Pacific, the SCS ‘is not only a strategic maritime link between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, but also a vital gateway for shipping in East Asia.’1 Attention needs to be paid to these vital links as they are the sinews that support the trade and exchange which has propelled the Asian economic boom. India’s interests in this region run up against China’s assertive political claims over the same. Here, I attempt to draw out some possibilities that can facilitate smoother, successful options for the pursuit and achievement of Indian interests in the future.

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