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Race for Indo-Pacific: Implications for us

Cikarang   /   Fri, July 27, 2018   /  11:39 am
Race for Indo-Pacific: Implications for us High flyers: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi fly kites at the National Monument in Jakarta on Wednesday. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Historian Alfred Thayer Mahan once stated that “Whoever controls the Indian Ocean dominates Asia”. As if following Mahan’s dictum to the letter, the two emerging powers — China and India — have sought to increase their spheres of influence by acquiring strategic facilities and locations in the Indo-Pacific region. 

The Indo-Pacific region is a relatively new term generally used to describe countries and geographical features located along the rim of the Indian Ocean all the way to the Pacific Ocean. In a way, the “Indo-Pacific” encompasses the majority of maritime Asia — including Indonesia, India, China, Japan and Australia. 

What are the potential implications of this Indo-Pacific race and where is Indonesia in all of it?

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