String of Pearls

Game of Straits: Chinese Military Bases and the SLOC Dilemma

People's Liberation Army (Navy) ship PLA(N) Qiandaohu (AO 886) (foreground) and Republic of Korea Navy ship ROKS Wang Geon (DDH 978) steam in close formation as two of 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Renfroe/Released) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People%27s_Liberation_Army_(Navy)_ship_PLA(N)_Qiandaohu_(AO_886)_(foreground)_and_Republic_of_Korea_Navy_ship_ROKS_Wang_Geon_(DDH_978)_steam_in_close_formation_during_Rim_o.jpg

If Beijing is serious about securing the SLOC, the construction of new overseas military bases is a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’

India’s Nuclear Submarine: The INS Arihant

A backgrounder on the Indian Navy’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine: the INS Arihant.

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.

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