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Deepening U.S. Partnerships in the Indian Ocean Region

Increased naval patrols, infrastructure construction, and diplomatic visits characterize China’s expanding political, economic, and military presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. This expansion creates challenges and opportunities for regional states and extra-regional powers that depend on the Indian Ocean’s sea-lanes. The alignment strategies undertaken by regional states in response to Chinese moves will critically influence how the region develops over the next 15 years. This project seeks to identify the most likely responses by countries around the region while providing USN leaders with a framework for thinking about the region, principally by identifying the most prudent opportunities to build partnerships that support a stable and peaceful regional security architecture.
NPS Naval Research Program
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations