China-India Naval Arms Race

Malabar 2019: Deepening US-India Defense Cooperation On Display

120413-N-UT411-2510 INDIAN OCEAN (April 13, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and the Indian Navy replenishment oiler INS Shakti (A57) conduct a refueling-at-sea exercise. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed participating in the Malabar Exercise with ships and aircraft from the Indian Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Apprentice Andrew K. Haller/Released), modified,

The growing significance of the annual Malabar naval exercises is certainly a sign of the times in the Indo-Pacific region.

US-India Relations in 2019: A Closer Partnership?

G20op, cc Flickr The White House, modified, (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead), public domain

A variety of shared geopolitical interests will bring New Delhi and Washington closer together in the year to come.

China-India Relations: A Pearl Is Unstrung in the Maldives

Ibrahim_Mohamed_Solih_-_Maldives2, cc Wikicommons, modified, Asimoosa,

Opposition politician Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the Maldives’ general election, putting China’s latest foray into India’s backyard in jeopardy.

China-India Geopolitical Competition: First Maldives, Next Sri Lanka?

cc Indian Navy, modified,

It’s not just the Maldives where India and China are staring each other down in the Indian Ocean. The “Resplendent Island” is also a potential frontline in the simmering geopolitical competition between Asia’s giants.

New Delhi and Beijing’s Struggle for Influence over the Maldives

141009-N-TW634-284 INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2014) Maldivian Coast Guard service members practice using a shepherd’s hook while conducting visit, board, search and seizure training with Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60). Rodney M. Davis, stationed in Everett, Wash., is on patrol in the Indian Ocean in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)

There is a geopolitical dimension to the dramatic events unfolding in the Maldives.

Myanmar: Ground Zero for China-India Energy Competition

Aung, Source Senat Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Author Michał Józefaciuk, cc Wikicommons,

Although democratization has brought added scrutiny to joint ventures in Myanmar, the NLD government is very much in need of the infrastructure investment that China and India can offer.

Japan Dreams of a Chinese Energy Chokehold

Shinzo_Abe,_Prime_Minister_of_Japan_(9092387608), cc Wikicommons, Chatham House London

The Japanese government is seeking allies in a bid to balance against a rising China.

China’s First Military Base Reveals an Evolving Foreign Policy

PLAAF, cc Flickr Simon YANG, modified,

The principle of non-interference is getting a makeover with regards to China’s foreign policy in Africa.

Challenging US Preeminence: China’s Grand Strategy and the Monroe Doctrine

Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth, cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors

What do plans to build a Chinese rival to the Panama Canal in Nicaragua say about the fall of the Monroe Doctrine and the rise of China as a global power?

Obama-Modi Summit: US Pivots All the Way to India

Obama and Modi in the White House CC Wikicommons

Obama doctrine finally got its field test in India, a chance for the president to ‘walk the walk’ of the US pivot.

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