India and China Competition in Indian Ocean: Race for Naval Dominance

Speaker: Prakash Panneerselvam

Assistant Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies Program, NIAS

Chairperson: D Suba Chandran

Professor & Dean, International Strategic and Security Studies Program, NIAS


Abstract: India and China share rich cultural bonds. Yet there is a strategic conflict and competition between India and China. The conflict has intensified in the Post-Cold War as India and China emerging as a major driver of global economy. Experts view the rise of two countries would significantly alter power dynamics in Asia pacific region. However, China’s growth as an economic and military power in Asia pose serious security dilemma to India and other Asian countries who share maritime and land boundaries with China.  Now, the strategic influence of the Chinese naval power stretches from East China Sea to Arabian Sea in Indian Ocean. The rise of Chinese naval power has brought a lot of uncertainties to the future of the two countries. Specifically, the Belt and Road initiative (BRI), Maritime Silk Route and Chinese assistance to Pakistan in terms of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have heightened the security challenges to India and its navy in the Indian Ocean. To understand Chinese grand strategy in Indian Ocean the talk would focus on Chinese naval ambition in Indian Ocean and how it is going to affect India’s naval dominance in the region.

About the Speaker:  Prakash Pannerselvam is a Assistant Professor with the International Strategic & Security Studies Programme, NIAS. He holds a Ph.D in Japanese Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He was the first Visiting Fellow to Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Staff College, Tokyo. He is a recipient of Japan Foundation Fellow (2011) and Okita Memorial Fellowship (2008). Moreover, Prakash was a trained merchant mariner with Poompuhar Shipping Corporation Ltd.  Prior to joining NIAS, he was working with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Defence & Aerospace Sector. His primary areas of interest are Maritime Security, Indian Ocean Region, East Asia, Indian Defence Production and Acquisition policy.

National Institute of Advanced Studies


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