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Asian Maritime Power in the 21st Century

Strategic Transactions China, India and Southeast Asia

Vijay Sakhuja

Publication Year: 2011

Maritime power has been a key defining parameter of economic vitality and geostrategic power of nations. The first decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed the rise of China and India as confident economic powers pivoting on high growth rates, exponential expansion of science, technology and industrial growth. Sequel to their steadily growing economic clout has been the emphatic resurgence of their maritime power evident in maritime shipping, port development and the concomitant expa... Maritime power has been a key defining parameter of economic vitality and geostrategic power of nations. The first decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed the rise of China and India as confident economic powers pivoting on high growth rates, exponential expansion of science, technology and industrial growth. Sequel to their steadily growing economic clout has been the emphatic resurgence of their maritime power evident in maritime shipping, port development and the concomitant expansion of naval power. Dr Vijay Sakhuja, a former Indian Navy officer, in this pioneering study has splendidly elucidated and examined the resurgence of Asian naval power and its political-diplomatic, economic-commercial, science-technological-industrial, grand-strategic and the operational-doctrinal dimensions. Using a neorealist framework, the author provides robust and insightful analysis of how China and India as great powers, using their maritime military capabilities, would evolve and act in global affairs." - Professor Sanjay Chaturvedi, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Punjab University, Chandigarh

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-viii

It has indeed been a long voyage sailing through the Indian and the Pacific Ocean transiting through the Straits of Malacca and attempting to determine the maritime power of India and China in the 21st century and its impact on Southeast Asian security. ...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xiv

The rise of Asian power and its transformed strategic profile in the 21st century is predicated on the robust economic performance of several countries in the region. Globalization and rapid economic development of these Asian countries has induced a new sense of confidence which is reflected in their strategic profile and standing in the West-led global order. ...

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1. Maritime Power: A Tour D'Horizon

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pp. 1-34

Since ancient times, states have depended on sea-based commerce for growth and affluence. Seafarers travelled distant lands in search of raw material, critical resources, luxury goods and markets for their products and these activities resulted in several trading systems that emerged in the Mediterranean of Greece and Rome; ...

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2. Maritime Goegraphy, Law of the Sea and Geostrategy

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pp. 35-64

Geography is a critical determinant of national strategy and plays an important role in its development process. The geographical profile, relative position on the globe and prevalent climatic conditions are the crucial indices and vital strategic factors that bestow upon any state its rightful position in the international system. ...

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3. Military Maritime Power: China and India

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pp. 65-123

There is a strong belief among Asian nations that it was the neglect of ocean frontier security that led to their domination by colonial powers during the 15th to the 19th centuries. For China, its preoccupation with internal wars led to the neglect of the littorals that came to be dominated by the imperialist powers ...

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4. Economics and Maritime Power

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pp. 124-174

Economics and maritime power constitute the core of a state’s role and stake in the current global order driven by globalization. The emergence of maritime power as the vanguard of globalization has reinforced the criticality of maritime infrastructure to countries that are increasingly reliant on the medium of sea ...

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5. Political Components of Maritime Power

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pp. 175-214

Diplomacy is fundamental to states and critical for the conduct of international relations. It is exercised to further national interests, consolidate existing relationships, or to avert a crisis/conflict and can be invoked at any time across the spectrum of cordial-adverse relationship. ...

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6. Techno-Military Dimension of Asian Maritime Power

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pp. 215-250

Asia has captured the transformational momentum in the techno-military dimension of maritime power with assent on information technology. Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) driven by information technology leading to military transformation is evident in the emerging order of battle of several Asian navies ...

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7. Strategic Transactions: China, India and Southeast Asia

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pp. 251-307

The rise of Asian power and its transformed strategic profile in the 21st century is predicated on the robust restructuring and rejuvenation of several countries in the region. Among these, China and India have a long history of pre-eminence and are now embarking on the process of economic-industrial transformation ...

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8. Conclusion

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pp. 308-312

Historically, maritime power has been associated with economic prosperity. During the glorious Greek and Roman eras, the Mediterranean was the centre of maritime power. In the late BC period till the 14th century, Asia emerged as the heart of the commercial world with extensive trade linkages. ...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 313-334

Index

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pp. 335-362

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About the Author

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pp. 363-

Vijay Sakhuja is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. Currently he is Director (Research), Indian Council of World Affairs, a leading think-tank in New Delhi. A former Indian Navy officer, Vijay Sakhuja received his Doctorate from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9789814311106
Print-ISBN-13: 9789814311090

Page Count: 363
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • Sea-power -- Asia -- History -- 21st century.
  • Sea-power -- China -- History -- 21st century.
  • Sea-power -- India -- History -- 21st century.
  • Asia -- Strategic aspects.
  • Southeast Asia -- Strategic aspects.
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