Eurasian Times: India can ‘no longer’ choke China at the Strait Of Malacca as Beijing finds solution
Mon July, 2020, Age: 3 years
The Strait of Malacca is the strategic waterway through which the vast majority of China’s energy supplies have to travel through to make it to the mainland. India, a country with whom China has been experiencing a rise in tensions, has a naval base in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located near the mouth of the strait. A long running assumption posits that, in the event of a wide-scale conflict with China, India would block the strait.
However, as China has risen in power, it has attempted to find new strategies to circumvent this conundrum. Namely, Beijing has invested in ports in the Indian Ocean region. This includes Gwadar, Pakistan; Hambantota, Sri Lanka; and in Djibouti. Beijing is also investing in a “Polar Silk Road” in order to transit the Arctic as climate change melts the ice and makes previously unnavigable routes traversable. Though India still has leverage over China through the Strait of Malacca, this advantage is decreasing with time.