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What is the Indo-Pacific? The New Geopolitics of the Asia-Centred Rim Land

Sub Title : From the Chinese view point the idea appears to be to keep the US in, lift India up and keep China out of the Indian Ocean

Issues Details : Vol 13 Issue 2 May/June 2019

Author : Captain (Dr) Gurpreet S Khurana

Page No. : 45

Category : Geostrategy

: May 25, 2019

The term Indo Pacific combines the Indian and the Pacific oceans into a singular regional construct. Viewed from Beijing, the idea of the Indo-Pacific appears to be to keep the US in, lift India up, and keep China out of the Indian Ocean. The concept has, therefore, received a frosty reception in China

Since 2010, the “Indo-Pacific” concept is gaining increasing prevalence in the geopolitical discourse, and is now being used worldwide by policy-makers, analysts, and academics. The term combines the Indian and the Pacific oceans into a singular regional construct. Since the two regions are vastly dissimilar in the geo-economics that shape geopolitics-and even in terms of the security environment - “Indo-Pacific” seems to be a conceptual ‘aberration’. Notably, this ‘anomaly’ did not exist up until to the 18th century, when India and China had vigorous eco...

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