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Jakarta Post

Understanding tug of war between India and China in IOR

  • Teuku Cut Mahmud Aziz

    Bireuen, Aceh

Bireuen, Aceh   /   Sat, February 27 2021   /  01:00 am
Show of force: Indian navy jet fighters line up on the deck of an aircraft carrier during the second phase of the Malabar naval exercise in the Arabian Sea on Nov. 18, 2020. (AFP/Indian Navy)

India and China are both emerging powers of Asia and the world. The two nations are in territorial disputes but have managed to cooperate in numerous areas of mutual interest, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Their spheres of influence should be logically different due to their geographical locations. With both Asian giants trying to exert supremacy in the Indian Ocean due to their need to protect their sea lines of communication, multiple overlapping interests have emerged over the years. These overlapping interests have resulted in a tug of war between them, affecting the delicate security balance in the region.  While India believes in capability building, China has so far focused on capacity building with profits siphoned back into its economy. As India sits in the Indian Ocean, it has so ...