The change in global geopolitical trends that prevailed before the onset of the COVID19 will magnify in its wake as the global competition will further be widened.
The ‘Indo-Pacific’ as a policy symbol of regional engagement has been adopted by many countries. As a result, several countries have initiated efforts to make the Indo-Pacific free and inclusive.
The evolving significance of the maritime domain for connectivity and trade has led to the seas and oceans becoming an arena of rivalries and regional supremacy.
The idea of the Indo-Pacific as a theatre of opportunities has emerged from time to time in the commentary and orations of political scholars and envoys which has altered contours of regional power relations thus making it the most contested maritime zone.
The struggle between the developing and the developed economies for influence over the sea lanes and maritime networks for resources, commerce, and connectivity has led to a…