Bay of Bengal focus

No news about the Bay for months, then suddenly, it’s everyone’s focus.

Japan is back in the Bay of Bengal

BY David Brewster

The eastern Indian Ocean has become contested waters. The competition for position between China, India and the US is becoming ever more pronounced. But some recent developments indicate that Japan also intends to become an important security player in the region. Japan is back in the Bay of Bengal.

Japan has long had a clear understanding of the strategic significance of the Bay of Bengal – that it has a similar importance to the Indian Ocean as the South China Sea does in the Pacific.

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