Yes, that’s Indo-Pacific, not the ‘Asia-Pacific’ that was common for so long. In fact, US Pacific Command even renamed itself US Indo-Pacific Command in a nod to India’s role in the region – just as America’s rivalry with China on the seas ramps up.
When we hear international conflict, we tend to think land battles – but the next big confrontation might be at sea. Maritime defence and control is becoming increasingly important, especially to India in the Indian Ocean.
And with China’s brand spanking new indigenous aircraft carrier – the Type001A, complete – it looks like India’s rival is set on a path to project power into India’s own backyard. Read More