India-China Maritime Competition: The Security Dilemma at Sea

1st Edition

Rajesh Manohar Basrur, Anit Mukherjee, T.V. Paul

Routledge
May 28, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367001544 - CAT# K393547
Series: Cass Series: Naval Policy and History

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Summary

This edited volume critically examines the concept of 'security dilemma' and its effects on India-China maritime competition.

While the security dilemma between India and China has frequently been used in academic discussions and popular commentary, it has rarely been critically analysed. This volume addresses the gap by examining whether the security dilemma is a useful concept in explaining the naval and foreign policy strategies of India and China. China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its expansive engagement in the Indian Ocean region, have resulted in India significantly scaling up its investment in their Navy, adding ships, naval aircraft and submarines. This volume investigates how the rivalry is playing out in different sub-regions of the Indian Ocean, and the reactions of other powers, notably the United States and prominent Southeast Asian states. Their reactions to Sino-Indian rivalry are an underexplored topic and the chapters in this book reveal how they selectively use great power rivalry while trying to steer clear of making definite choices. The book concludes with recommendations on mitigating the security dilemma.

This book will be of much interest to students of strategic studies, international relations, maritime security and Asian politics.

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