Goodbye Asia-Pacific. But why the sudden buzz over Indo-Pacific?

PLA-N Xia class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN)

PLA-N Xia class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN)

By Professor Rory Medcalf

South China Morning Post

31 December 2017

Critics claim the Indo-Pacific term is some American plot, an ideological artifice aimed at exaggerating India’s importance and somehow excluding China from a rightful place in the region. This ignores the reality that it is, in fact, China’s economic and strategic rise, more than anything else, that is defining the super-region we are coming to know as the Indo-Pacific.

Beijing may not call it that, but the maritime part of China’s global trade “Belt and Road Initiative” – the Maritime Silk Road – is basically the Indo-Pacific with Chinese characteristics. In other words, China already has an Indo-Pacific strategy of distant economic, diplomatic and security engagement, perhaps more so than any other country, even if it calls it something else.

The full text of this article is available in the South China Morning Post.

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Goodbye Asia-Pacific. But why the sudden buzz over Indo-Pacific?

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