Stringing the Pearls: Sino-Indian Relations in South Asia
RUSI Newsbrief, 23 Nov 2011
By Pallavi Ade
As US influence in the Asia-Pacific region wanes competition to fill the vacuum has begun to escalate. Pursuing its ‘String of Pearls’ strategy for securing foreign oil and trade routes, China has acquired a series of ports in strategic locations throughout the Indian Ocean Region. In doing so it has unsettled India, which has responded with its own counter strategy of strengthening and modernising its fleet, pre-empting Chinese diplomacy in the region and extending its presence into the South China Sea. The result is a classic security dilemma, with neither side currently willing to co-operate in the negation of their mutual suspicions.
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