The Bay of Bengal: A New Locus

The Bay of Bengal’s security problems may soon dwarf those in other parts of Asia

The Bay of Bengal: A New Locus for Strategic Competition in Asia

David Brewster believes that the Bay of Bengal’s security problems may soon dwarf those in other parts of Asia. That’s because the growing strategic competition between India, China and the United States will only aggravate what is already a complex mix of troubles.

By David Brewster for East-West Center (EWC)

This article was originally published by the East-West Center on 15 May 2014.

It is possible that the Bay of Bengal may soon be joining the South China Sea as a major locus of competition between China and its neighbors. Both are the key transit zones between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and, some would argue, the pivot points for maritime security across the Indo-Pacific littoral. Like the South China Sea, the Bay of Bengal is now coming under the strategic spotlight.

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