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The US, China, and power politics in the Indian Ocean

In 2011, the then secretary of state, Hillary R. Clinton, wrote an article in Foreign Policy in which she categorically stated that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had hampered the power and the prestige of the United States of America.

“One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment— diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise — in the Asia-Pacific region.” The same year, while speaking in the Australian Parliament, the former president, Barack Obama said, “[T]he United States is turning our attention to the vast potential of the Asia Pacific region.” In 2017, the Donald Trump administration came up with a new geopolitical formulation: India, Japan and Australia would form an alliance to contain China in the ‘Indo-Pacific’.

By using the term ‘Indo-Pacific’, the Trump administration wants to stitch up an alliance with regions at the confluence of the Eastern Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific Ocean that surrounds China. Read More

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