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China-India competition in the Indian Ocean

What Does China Think About India’s Increased Anti-Piracy Patrols Amid the Red Sea Crisis?

What Does China Think About India’s Increased Anti-Piracy Patrols Amid the Red Sea Crisis?

By Andrew Orchard
India has deployed a beefed-up naval presence to the western Indian Ocean in response to threats to global shipping. China is not happy about it.

Maldives’ Muizzu Throws in With China

Maldives’ Muizzu Throws in With China

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Malé is playing India and China against each other and trying to get the best deal, but Muizzu appears to have gone a bit overboard this time. 
India Can’t Afford to Lose Maldives Again

India Can’t Afford to Lose Maldives Again

By Radhey Tambi
A recent visit by India’s defense minister was just the latest in a surge of outreach toward Maldives as its election nears.

India and the Chinese Spy Ship Saga Redux

India and the Chinese Spy Ship Saga Redux

By Siddhant Bajpai
Another Yuan Wang class vessel is stoking concern among India's defense analysts.

Sri Lanka Asks China to Postpone Research Ship’s Port Call

Sri Lanka Asks China to Postpone Research Ship’s Port Call

By Krishan Francis
India had objected to the Yuan Wang 5’s scheduled visit to the Chinese-owned port of Hambantota.

Will India Try Again for a Military Base in Seychelles?

Will India Try Again for a Military Base in Seychelles?

By Dennis Hardy
India’s previous efforts to secure a base on Assumption Island were rebuffed. As China gains ground, will New Delhi make another offer?

Is Sri Lanka Under Gotabaya Rajapaksa Really Tilting Toward China?

Is Sri Lanka Under Gotabaya Rajapaksa Really Tilting Toward China?

By Uditha Devapriya
Simplistic narratives fail to account for the complexities that have defined foreign policy in Sri Lanka since its independence.
India Competes for Sri Lanka’s Affections

India Competes for Sri Lanka’s Affections

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
China’s growing footprint in Sri Lanka has been of concern to India.

Malabar 2021 and Beyond: India’s Naval Pushback Against China

Malabar 2021 and Beyond: India’s Naval Pushback Against China

By Sreeram Chaulia
Maritime diplomacy is the key to India’s more muscular China strategy.

Colombo Security Conclave: A New Minilateral for the Indian Ocean?

Colombo Security Conclave: A New Minilateral for the Indian Ocean?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India’s sees subregional engagement, like the expanding Colombo Security Conclave, as critical for securing its strategic interests.

India-China-Sri Lanka Triangle: The Defense Dimension

India-China-Sri Lanka Triangle: The Defense Dimension

By Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury
How the India-China competition for influence in Sri Lanka plays out in the security realm.
Trouble in Paradise: How India Can Respond to the Crisis in the Maldives

Trouble in Paradise: How India Can Respond to the Crisis in the Maldives

By Harsh V. Pant
How should India respond to Abdulla Yameen's blatant disregard for democratic principles?

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