India, Southeast Asia, Singapore proposed a joint strategy to counter Chinese pearls
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Singapore Maritime Safety Web site 27 article said that if India wants to grow from regional to national power, it needs to counter China’s neighboring countries to establish a base in India “string of pearls” strategy, we need strengthen maritime diplomacy, restore and from the western Indian Ocean to the South Pacific island between the historical and cultural relations.
500 years ago, the Portuguese occupation of Malacca in the East Indies to establish a hegemony. While military power is limited, but Portugal has established a large number of Asian maritime trade outpost, for example, if Abang, Malacca, Kochi, Macau and Nagasaki, and control of the Eurasian trade.
Straits of Malacca and the waters between the Gulf of Aden is known as “the core of the 21st century.” If India must be from a country born out of the Asia Pacific regional power, its necessary to control the Indian Ocean on those key nodes. India, both countries are characterized by land and sea. As the economy continues to develop, through its naval diplomacy, the maritime history of political and cultural exchanges together.
India, for example, “east” policy to promote its cooperation with Southeast Asian countries trade relations between, while the two sides to enhance maritime diplomacy, the Indian naval officers regularly visit Southeast Asian countries. However, to achieve strategic objectives, the peninsula of India can use its features, its “east” politics continues to expand to the South Pacific. To this end, India must learn the lessons of history. India and Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia has a long link between the history. However, so far, India has not yet fully understand its meandering coastline of strategic significance. UK, USA and Japan (Sea State) and the Soviet Union, Germany and France (state land) and other major powers, through the maximization of its geographical advantages, to obtain a maximum strategic flexibility.
foreign media article said that although India did not take advantage of these long lost relationship, but it should be restored to and from the Western Indian Ocean island of cultural relations between the South Pacific. This will counter China’s neighboring countries to establish a base in India “string of pearls” strategy.
foreign media article said, first of all, China’s southern coast in Sri Lanka through the establishment of deep-sea port of Hambantota, started the “string of pearls” strategy. Second, China has helped Pakistan set up in Balochistan Costa Gwadar deep sea port. Finally, China has begun through the “yuan foreign exchange for the sea base” strategy to win over the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles, Indian Ocean Rim countries. In response to these circumstances, India should take the following measures: First, in order to counter China’s surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Indian Navy to send officers to the need for regular access to his country, and start on a regular basis at the level of exchange of naval officers. Second, in the Indian Ocean region, India should consolidate the region through multilateral organizations (such as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation [SAARC], the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Organization) to launch more trade agreements and multilateral initiatives. If India wants to grow from regional to national power, it needs to counter China’s influence on the Indian Ocean. (Spring) ★