Defence: India and China are building their naval power but who will win control of the Indian Ocean?

China's navy is crucial to its ambitions (photo:dpa)
China's navy is crucial to its ambitions (photo:dpa)

The Indian Ocean is gaining in importance as a strategic environment but its future is still highly uncertain, as GIS expert Dr Uwe Nerlich explains in this special report.

INDIA and China are investing heavily in developing the strength of their navies. Both are refitting aircraft carriers to increase their sea power and their muscle as the Indian Ocean becomes strategically more important in a global context.


The region surrounding the Indian Ocean includes the most diverse and dangerous potential for crisis. It has the most difficult challenges for nuclear proliferation and the most delicate limits on external control.


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