Thursday, April 14, 2016

India's maritime security dilemma

The U.S. ambassador to India has pitched for a greater role by the Indian navy in the Indo-Pacific region and expressed hopes that their navies would operate in tandem, with warships "steaming together" becoming a common and welcome sight. The head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, has publicly pressed India to join Washington's closest allies in the region (Australia and Japan) and "aspire to operate anywhere on the high seas and airspace above them."
However, becoming a "net maritime security provider" is a challenge -- and the responsibility has created a dilemma for India, placing enormous political and strategic demands on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and operational constraints on the Indian navy.

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