China's military build up blocks the United States (photo:dpa)

Defence: Tensions grow in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean

China and India are jostling for control of two major maritime areas. The South China Sea and the Indian Ocean are important for their resources and the strategic transit routes they offer. A GIS expert looks at what might influence the outcome.

TWO major maritime regions offering rich resources and key transit routes are creating heightened geopolitical interest and tensions.


The South China Sea and the Indian Ocean are complex and strategically key. They provide the arenas on which competition - and confrontation - for resources and transit routes may emerge between growing global superpowers.

China has set the South...

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The Indian Ocean has become a strategic vacuum with remote US control. It is a vast waterway and the essential transit route for trade between all the major east Asian countries, the Gulf States and European exporting nations
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