Commentary: China challenges the U.S. in the Indian Ocean – M.D. Nalapat

 Ww2Mr120Indianocean Professor M.D. Nalapat is vice-chair of the Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Chair, and professor of geopolitics at Manipal University. He wrote on UPI Asia Online:

Military strategists in India raise their blood pressure levels by pointing to ’s “encirclement” of the country through an archipelago of military and intelligence assets around the periphery of the world’s only billion-plus democracy. The reality, however, is that India has been displaced by the as the primary target of ’s attention and actions, at least since 1999.

does alarm military planners in Beijing, but only because they foresee a situation in which India joins Washington’s two “deputy sheriffs,” Japan and Australia, in a U.S.-led coalition capable of taking on the People’s Liberation Army on land, sea and air, should the eventuality arise. They know that the addition of India’s substantial uniformed muscle could create a “second front” across the , in the event of a conflict over Taiwan. [Full Text]

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