Indian Ocean

The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and other ships sail during a naval drill in the East China Sea in April 2018.

The Next Front in the India-China Conflict Could Be a Thai Canal

India is beefing up its island defenses as Beijing seeks a quicker route to the Indian Ocean.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

China Leaps Into Breach Between Myanmar and West

A raft of new multibillion-dollar deals announced by Xi Jinping worry Washington and New Delhi.

The Changbai Shan, a Chinese amphibious warfare ship that’s taken advantage of commercial ports for resupply, Jan. 26, 2015. (Wikimedia Commons)

One Belt, One Road, One Happy Chinese Navy

Beijing is using commercial bridgeheads to give its warships staying power in the Indian Ocean.

Indian workers stand alongside the FDN-2 Indian Navy floating dock as it is launched at a shipyard in Chennai on June 20, 2017.
Indian-designed and constructed, the platform is capable of   docking warships of up to 8000 tons to enable repair and maintenance work. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR        (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Who Will Win the Great China-India Naval War of 2020?

As the two giants stare each other down in the Himalayas, the real conflict may erupt at sea.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives, read joint statement after their delegation level meeting at Hyderabad House on April 11, 2016 in New Delhi, India. President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who has embarked a two-day visit to New Delhi, is expected to sign a counter-terror pact with India. Maldives recently arrested 40 of its nationals, who were reportedly fighting alongside the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Maldives Takes Its Place in Indian Ocean Geopolitics

The archipelago has proven capable of using to its advantage regional competition between India and China.


How the United States Can Maintain Its Dominance in the Pacific Ocean

Washington wants India’s help with naval logistics. But is New Delhi scared enough of China to sign the unpopular agreement?


Spooked by Beijing, India Embraces Closer U.S. Ties

China's aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, and increasingly in the Indian Ocean, is pushing Washington and New Delhi closer together.

TO GO WITH India-China-SriLanka-Maldives-diplomacy,FOCUS by Claire COZENS and Amal JAYASINGHE in Colombo
This photo taken on September 10, 2014 shows gantry cranes being operated at the new Chinese-majority owned Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) in Colombo. China's president will kick off his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing's latest investment in Sri Lanka, a 1.4-billion USD port city development to include a marina and a Formula One track -- all just 250 kilometres (150 miles) from India's coast.      AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI        (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Taking Back the Indian Ocean

India’s relaxed shipping rules could spell trouble for China's attempts to increase its influence in the Indian Ocean.

Philippine navy officers prepare to board an Indian Navy ship berthed at pier 15 berthed at pier 15 after arriving in Manila on June 13, 2013. Four ships from the Indian Navy arrived in Manila on June 13 for a five-day visit including onboard tours, a passage exercise and goodwill games between the two countries. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO        (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Is India Ready To Be a Power in the Pacific?

Despite New Delhi’s reassurances, it has yet to build a “blue water navy,” a force capable of operating in open seas and projecting power to areas of strategic interest.

TO GO WITH STORY BY PARUL GUPTA 'INDIA-CHINA-DIPLOMACY-TRADE'  In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008 a Chinese soldier (L) and an Indian soldier stand guard at the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China.  When the two Asian giants opened the 4,500-metre-high (15,000 feet) pass in 2006 to improve ties dogged by a bitter war in 1962 that saw the route closed for 44 years, many on both sides hoped it would boost trade. Two years on, optimism has given way to despair as the flow of traders has shrunk to a trickle because of red tape, poor facilities and sub-standard roads in India's remote northeastern mountainous state of Sikkim.  AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Monsoons on the New Silk Road

China must gain India's trust on the security front in order to win Indian cooperation for its ambitious regional economic initiatives.

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