Charting India’s China Policy for the Next Decade

How can India maximize its strengths in diplomatic and other arenas vis-à-vis China in a manner pushes forward the positive aspects of the bilateral relationship while simultaneously reducing chances for actual physical conflict of even a limited nature?

Chinese Presence in the Indian Ocean

It is important to start with that oft-repeated statement made by a Chinese admiral, “We can no longer accept the Indian Ocean as an ocean of the Indians.” Apart from a sense of nationalist hurt that Indian reactions to the statement portrayed and continue to portray, the statement succeeded also in evoking a realization hitherto largely ignored or even suppressed that the Indian Ocean which had long ago ceased to be India’s ocean.