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C3S Issue Brief II – Idea of Indo – Pacific: Differing Perceptions in Recognition of Reality;

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

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C3S Issue Brief II: 002/2019

C3S launches its Issue Brief initiative. An issue briefs is a summary of the knowledge surrounding an issue or a problem. It summarises the issue giving clear, concise and complete information describing all facets of a particular issue including a detailed illustration in the form of images, data, and facts. It also includes recommendations for action and predictions on the future course of an issue.

Issue Briefs are available for download as PDFs.

The objective of this issue brief is to elucidate “Indo – Pacific” as a geographical construct and what it means to India. The world is witnessing a paradigm shift from ‘Asia – Pacific’ to ‘Indo – Pacific’, the term has seen a proliferation in academic, geopolitical and policies of various countries, albeit with each country possessing their own interpretation. The ‘Indo – Pacific’ received a renewed push post Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s keynote address at Shangri La dialogue 2018 held in Singapore, where he outlined India’s vision of ‘Indo – Pacific’.

The October 2019 informal meet between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping bought into fore the differing perceptions on ‘Indo – Pacific’. The issue brief is divided into two parts; Part I of this issue brief seeks to highlight Indian Ocean Region’s role in India’s development, its significance, India’s initiatives and areas India needs to focus on resolving its structural issues in its maritime domain and the concomitant challenges. Towards the end, the Issue Brief will conclude with policy prescriptions for India. Part II of this issue brief is an interview with Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.) Former Regional Commander, Coast Guard Region (East) and Director, Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S).

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About the Author

Balasubramanian C. is a Research Officer at Chennai Centre for China Studies. He has completed his Masters in Public Administration and Bachelors in Commerce. His areas of interests include Sino – Russian Relations, Soft Power and Diplomacy, Ancient Indian Strategic Thoughts, Security and Strategic Studies.

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