China and India: Comparisons of Naval Strategies and Future Competition

  • Tung-Chieh TsaiEmail author


Following the rise of China, the rise of India has also become the focus of global attention. The US National Intelligence Council (NIC) has concluded that the emergence of China and India as new players on the global stage, similar to a united Germany in the nineteenth century and a powerful United States in the early twentieth century, will transform the geopolitical landscape. Alongside their economic achievement, transformation of their foreign strategies is also important for observing the possible impact of China and India on each other and on the rest of world, especially on the emerging maritime security environment. In this paper we first describe why maritime strategy is crucial to the two countries and then explain what they stress in their new policies. After analyzing two arenas with potential conflict in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, we conclude that, even though China is under focus at present, India is also an important naval power that China cannot afford to ignore in its plans to develop a blue-water navy and become a real global player.


Maritime strategy China India Indian Ocean South China Sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of International PoliticsNational Chung Hsing UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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