Wednesday, April 18, 2012

High sea: Indian Elephant versus Chinese Dragon

The last decade has been marked by the emergence of India and China as maritime powers. Will the growing naval capabilities of the two Asian giants lead to conflict or a rebalancing of power? Prokhor Tebin analyses India’s naval strategy and how New Delhi could be decisive to the security of the Asia-Pacific region.

At the turn of the twenty-first century, the naval power of Asian countries, primarily India and China, started to grow amid the relative decline of the navies of the old maritime nations – the United States, United Kingdom, France and Russia. Rapid economic growth called for instruments to protect the national interests of the Asian giants in the world’s oceans while offering sufficient funds to promote these countries’ sea powers.

Unlike China’s maritime ambitions, India’s aspiration to become a great maritime power has received far less attention. At the same time, the “Indian factor” could be decisive to the future of world politics, security and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region. Read More