STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

South China Sea: India’s Maritime Gateway to the Pacific

Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy was a Researcher at the Indian Pugwash Society, New Delhi.
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  • July 2015
    Volume: 
    39
    Issue: 
    4
    Articles

    This article looks at India’s interests and strategy in the South China Sea (SCS). First, it highlights India’s maritime interests and discusses the relevance of the SCS to these interests. It then examines some key ingredients of India’s evolving policy initiatives in the region. The article argues that with a considerable expansion of India’s engagement with the South China Sea littoral states, India appears to be genuinely emerging as an indispensable element in the strategic discourse of this region. India could be a valuable security partner for several nations in the Asia Pacific region, provided it sustains a high economic growth rate and nurtures the framework of partnership that it has enunciated in the region.

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