While the Chinese are quite vocal about their claims on most of South China Sea, they don’t similarly tom-tom about their objectives in the Indian Ocean from rooftops. China’s operations in the Indian Ocean are clandestine.
India, on its part, has started a mission to strengthen its presence in the area. Garnering support from countries that have a stake in the South China Sea is part of India’s efforts to spread its influence in the region.
The interests of both nations are not exactly in congruence. Both parties view each other sceptically and each one tries to consolidate its gains and snatch a bit from the other’s kitty.
As part of its efforts to increase its influence in the region, China has been pursuing a policy of providing massive funding to developing economies and the move has been paying rich dividends. Read More