The Sino-Indian Geopolitics and Maritime Security of the Indian Ocean Region
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The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is a prominent arena in international politics, in terms of trade, tourism, population, among other aspects. Several countries, some unconnected geographically, have shown interest in these waters. These entities offer financial, technical, infrastructural and capacity-building support, and security services to several IOR countries. India, the prominent resident power of this ocean, and others, consider this development unnecessary, uncalled for and unacceptable. This article discusses the possible reasons for provocative behaviour by these disparate forces and offers five alternate models for a cogent maritime security paradigm in the IOR.
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