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India and China at SeaCompetition for Naval Dominance in the Indian Ocean$
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David Brewster

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199479337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199479337.001.0001

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The Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean

A Grand Sino-Indian Game of ‘Go’

(p.90) 5 The Indian Ocean
India and China at Sea

You Ji

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives a compelling view from one of China’s leading naval analysts on China’s evolving naval strategy in the Indian Ocean. You Ji provides an unusually cogent analysis of the evolution of Chinese naval strategy over the last several decades, its concerns about US strategies to contain China within the First and Second Island Chains and the imperatives that are driving China into the Indian Ocean. You argues that China’s long term strategy in the Indian Ocean is to move from selective sea denial to a strategy of selective sea control. This will likely require a chain of logistical facilities across the Indian Ocean, although somewhat different from the ‘String of Pearls’ narrative. You argues that while China’s strategy is not intended to challenge India’s interests in the Indian Ocean, it also rejects the idea of the Indian Ocean being India’s.

Keywords:   Indian ocean region, Maritime security, US strategies, sea lines of communication, India–China security, China–India relations

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