IOR Cold War?

Great power competition between the US, India, Japan and Australia on one side, and China on the other, is raising the strategic stakes in the maritime area

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

By BERTIL LINTNER

A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the ocean are not yet as pitched as in the hotly contested South China Sea, the potential for conflict is unmistakably rising in the high stakes strategic theater.

More than 60% of the world’s oil shipments pass through the Indian Ocean, largely from the Middle East’s oil fields to China, Japan and other fuel-importing Asian economies, as does 70% of all container traffic to and from Asia’s industrialized nations and the rest of the world.

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Source: atimes.com

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