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  • Why India’s South China Sea Stand Matters

    Why India’s South China Sea Stand Matters

    Regardless of the concessions Beijing is willing to offer on the NSG and bilateral issues, New Delhi has reason to continue viewing China’s maritime manoeuvres in the Indian Ocean Region with suspicion.

    August 19, 2016

    The Chinese Maritime Militia: A Perfect Swarm?

    The South China Sea is a zone of contention between China and other nations in the region. The US Navy has decreased the number of ships available to counter Chinese encroachments here and this power vacuum may be exploited by the Chinese Maritime Militia (CMM). The militia is comprised of fishing vessels that are used to augment the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and possesses sophisticated communication and GPS technology.

    July 2016

    Building Frigates for The Philippines Navy

    Building Frigates for The Philippines Navy

    India should ensure that the deal does not slip away because of GRSE’s perceived financial inability, which may not actually be the case.

    July 06, 2016

    Why a Central Marine Police Force is not required for Coastal Security

    Why a Central Marine Police Force is not required for Coastal Security

    Raising a Central Marine Police Force and wasting resources on their training and equipment is neither necessary nor advisable given that the country already has a central organisation to protect the coast – the Indian Coast Guard.

    June 21, 2016

    Games Navies Play: Anti-Access and Area Denial in Maritime Asia

    Anti-Access and Area Denial in Maritime Asia

    A sound sensor array in the Indian Ocean could prove invaluable for India which has a major anti-submarine warfare handicap and a lack of operational submarines.

    June 16, 2016

    India’s Submarine Modernisation Plans

    India’s Submarine Modernisation Plans

    India’s future submarine fleet operations are likely to involve SSKs and SSNs operating in the littoral spaces, in a strategic environment sanitized and protected by SSBNs. If New Delhi can ensure compliance with present construction deadlines, it could put its submarine modernization plans back on track.

    May 05, 2016

    Time to Revitalise and Expand the Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

    Time to Revitalise and Expand the Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

    Maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region continue to be an issue of concern and this effective regional mechanism needs to be strengthened to deal effectively with them.

    March 22, 2016

    The Escalating South China Sea Dispute - Lessons for India

    The Escalating South China Sea Dispute - Lessons for India

    For Indian observers, it is useful to extrapolate known Chinese position in the Indian Ocean Region and assess Beijing’s likely strategic behaviour. Indian policymakers might well recognise the fact that once China finds itself in a position of maritime advantage, diplomatic engagement has limited utility as a bargaining tactic.

    March 01, 2016

    Port de Djibouti: China’s First Permanent Naval Base in the Indian Ocean

    Port de Djibouti: China’s First Permanent Naval Base in the Indian Ocean

    Hitherto, the India-China border dispute was largely a land-air contingency. Now, the PLA Navy’s presence in the IOR adds the third dimension and needs to be factored in future planning and preparations.

    February 22, 2016

    India’s New Maritime Security Strategy: ‘Brand-building’ in an Era of ‘Geopolitical Discord’

    The inability to portray greater strategic ambition for the Indian Navy renders this document an exercise in smart profile-building rather than one of purposeful image-projection.

    December 21, 2015

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