String of Pearls

US-India Relations in 2019: A Closer Partnership?

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

China’s Empire of Debt

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Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Sino-Indian Relations: The Weak Point of the BRICS

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Unity among the BRICS countries will continue to be thwarted by longstanding geopolitical disputes.

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

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

China in Talks for a Military Base in Vanuatu

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Reports suggest that China wants to build a military base in Australia’s backyard.

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.

Fact Sheet: Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Corridor (BCIM)

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An overview of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar corridor, one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

Maldives: A Domestic Crisis with Geopolitical Consequences?

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A political crisis in Maldives is presenting possible inroads for China’s ‘string of pearls’ strategy in the Indian Ocean.

Indo-Japan-US Naval Exercises: A Geopolitical Analysis

170713-N-AX638-0167 CHENNAI, India (July 13, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) departs Chennai, India, to begin the at-sea phase of Malabar 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises between the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and U.S. Navy that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Preston/Released)

India, Japan, and the United States are all after the same thing in Malabar 2017: a bigger presence in the Indian Ocean.

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