STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Sino-Indian Dynamics in Littoral Asia – The View from New Delhi

Cdr Abhijit Singh was Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • May 2019
    Volume: 
    43
    Issue: 
    3
    Articles

    China’s growing stakes in the Indian Ocean, in particular the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) expanding profile in South Asia, has caused deep concern in India, where many believe Chinese naval deployments have shrunk New Delhi’s traditional sphere of influence. China’s inroads in India’s strategic backwaters— in particular, growing PLAN submarine forays—are viewed with suspicion in New Delhi, where many are convinced of the need for a counter-China strategy. As India watches China expand its Belt and Road projects in the Indian Ocean bolstering sway over geopolitically significant island and coastal states, New Delhi faces a dilemma in its neighbourhood.

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