China’s strategic engagement in the Indian Ocean represents one of the main sources of concern for India. While Beijing formally commits to the Peaceful Development framework, the expanding activities of the PLAN can generate a deep fraction between the two countries.
China’s maritime strategy and India’s security dilemma
India and Japan are negotiating the upgrading of civil infrastructure in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands located in an area of the Indian archipelago considered strategic. This is being done to prevent Beijing’s unstoppable desire to expand its maritime power projection to the Indian Ocean.
Last week, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted a proposal for the construction of a 15-megawatt diesel power plant on South Andaman Island. The decision of New Delhi to involve Japan in the project reflects the rising concern of the Indian leadership over the Chinese penetration in the region.
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