“China in the Indian Ocean Region: Changing Geopolitics and Challenges”, in R. Sidda Goud and Manisha Mookerjee Eds., China in Indian Ocean Region, Allied Publishers, 2015, ISBN: 978-81-8424-977-4
P.S Ramya, Junior Research Fellow, ISSSP and M. Mayilvaganan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies
With a booming economy, China is emerging as the key player in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and possibly as a dominant power in Asia-Pacific. In turn, the evolving geopolitics in IOR coupled with Chinese power projection has posed major challenges to the status quo in the region with consequences for its neighbours and other powers such as the US. The rise of China has led India with its geographical advantage in the IOR to enhance its own capabilities and power projection to meet the challenges in this strategic arena. Tracing the historic strategic setting in IOR, the chapter primarily focuses on understanding how the maritime domain presents a complex confluence of interests and in this context analyses the rise of China and its implications for India in the Indian Ocean.