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Book Launch: ‘India and China at Sea’ by David Brewster

The Australia India Institute is delighted to announce the launch of India and China at Sea: Competition for Naval Dominance in the Indian Ocean edited by Distinguished Fellow of the Aii Dr David Brewster.

The publication has been released by Oxford University Press and is the outcome of a long-running partnership between the Aii and the Macarthur Foundation project.


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About the Book:

China and India are emerging as major maritime powers as part of long-term shifts in the regional balance of power. As their wealth, interests, and power grow, the two countries are increasingly bumping up against each other across the Indo-Pacific. China’s growing naval presence in the Indian Ocean is seen by many as challenging India’s aspirations towards regional leadership and major power status. How India and China get along in this shared maritime space—cooperation, coexistence, competition, or confrontation—will be one of the key strategic challenges for the entire region.

India and China at Sea is an essential resource in understanding how the two countries will interact as major maritime powers in the coming decades. The essays in the volume, by noted strategic analysts from across the world, seek to better understand Indian and Chinese perspectives about their roles in the Indian Ocean and their evolving naval strategies towards each other.

About the Editors:

David Brewster is a senior research fellow with the National Security College, Australian National University, Canberra, where he works on Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific maritime security.