China-India Naval Arms Race

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

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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, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aung_San_Suu_Kyi_Senate_of_Poland.JPG

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

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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.

Bangladesh’s Sonadia Port Dilemma: Is the US Navy the Answer?

Sinodia Port Plan cc Pacific Consultant International (PCI)

Government plans to build a China-financed deep seaport at Sonadia have hit a snag recently as Dhaka reconsiders the geopolitical implications of such a move.

Is Bangladesh the Newest Addition to China’s ‘String of Pearls’?

India Navy Flotilla, CC India Navy

Bangladesh may be drifting away from its traditional ally India and right into China’s wider regional plans.

Modi’s Foreign Policy: Tectonic Shift or Business as Usual?

an Indian Akula Class Submarine surfaces.

A decisive electoral win in the world’s largest democracy has the potential to re-draw some of Asia’s longstanding geopolitical fault lines.

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