The Rise of an Indo-Japanese Maritime Partnership

  • Sea Sovereign Thomas


This chapter focuses on the ocean as arena for power projection and military competition. India and Japan have created the fastest growing bilateral security relationship in Asia. In little more than a decade, Tokyo and New Delhi have wholly transformed the nature and scope of their association, moving from negligible engagement to full-blown “global and strategic partnership.” What explains the extraordinary speed of this development? China’s rise and America’s relative decline have provided the real sense of urgency. India and Japan’s maritime relationship is built on strong foundations, is likely to endure, and will have a positive effect on Indo-Pacific maritime security, particularly as a check to Chinese naval bellicosity.



The views expressed here are those of the author alone and do not represent official policy or the views of the US Marine Corps, the Department of Defense, and the US Government.

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  • Sea Sovereign Thomas
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  1. 1.U.S. Marine Corps Forces, PacificHonoluluUSA

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