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Revisiting the Indian Ocean zone of peace concept, which has led to long debates since 1971, may prove hazardous in the present context, because the rivalry that is taking shape in the region is between the U.S. and its allies, and China.

 

This paper brings out the evolving complexity of relations among China, India and the United States. It highlights how a number strategic initiatives undertaken by China, like investing in a deep seaport in Bangladesh, an oil-pipeline from Chittagong to Kunming, BCIM Economic Corridor, and Maritime Silk Road are  yet to be realised in the contesting and divergent perceptions and interests of the three  major maritime powers. 

 
The 'Father of Indian Economic Reforms' PV Narasimha Rao addresses public from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in New Delhi on Independence Day.  
 

By changing the name of India’s Asia policy from “Look East” to “Act East”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was signalling that he would be more proactive and purposeful than his predecessors in the region. 

 

This is what happens when determined leaders have a meeting of minds. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott this week signed a framework agreement to strengthen defence and security cooperation between their countries.

 

Chinese Japanese leaders meet to thaw ties” and “Government, lawmakers hail Abe-Xi summit, note difficult road ahead”—these two headlines of China Daily and Japan Times respectively on November 11, 2014 indicate the significance as well as challenges in Sino-Japanese relations in the current world. 

 
The theme for the Beijing meeting was – “Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership”.  The summit focused on three major topics – advancing regional economic integration; promoting innovative development, reform and economic growth; and comprehensive strengthening development in infrastructure and connectivity.  
 

The significance of the  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing consists not so much in what is on APEC's agenda as in what transpires on the sidelines.

 

Given that the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum account for some 54% of global GDP and about 44% of world trade, the agenda for this month's APEC summit should be drawing much global attention. Yet the only issue in which anyone seems interested is whether or not Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet on the sidelines, and, if they do, whether a substantive discussion to ease bilateral tensions will take place.

 

"This is the time to return to Jalesveva Jayamahe (in the ocean we will triumph). For too long, we've neglected the seas, oceans, straits and bays... We must possess the soul of Cakrawarti Samudra (emperor of the sea)," Joko Widodo, the newly sworn-in president of Indonesia said in his inaugural address last month, outlining his vision of turning the archipelagic nation the world's "maritime axis".

 


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