Author: Azhar Shaik

The Tussle for Maritime Dominance in the Indian Ocean Region
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The Tussle for Maritime Dominance in the Indian Ocean Region

India’s 95 per cent of trade by volume and 68 per cent by value comes through the Indian Ocean and it plays a pivotal role in its economy and security. The Malacca Dilemma is Beijing’s most critical concern due to the strait’s economic importance.Maritime security issues such as freedom of navigation, piracy operations, sea lane safety, fishery, energy security, and environmental protection have become prominent issues in the Indo-pacific region. The rapid expansion of Chinese PLAN and its presence in the Indian Ocean through different means of security patrol, the gulf of Eden missions and recently acquired ports have very much concerned the regional powers in the Indian Ocean Region. India has a defence edge in the Indian Ocean and Malacca strait due to its military base in the ...