Covid contest in Indian Ocean region: India, China jostle for top spot

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Dr David Brewster
The Interpreter

Beijing’s Belt and Road could get very expensive indeed, with cash New Delhi will find hard to match.

By Dr David Brewster

In recent times, Australia has been searching for ways to support its Pacific “family” through the Covid-19 crisis with an eye on China’s moves. India has also been trying to help countries in the Indian Ocean region amid China’s growing influence. Responses to the corona crisis have so far largely focused medical aid. But it will soon shift to financial assistance, where India will be at a big disadvantage to Beijing.

The National Security College, with the support of the Department of Defence, is leading a two-year research project on Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy in the Indian Ocean. As a part of this project, this paper analyses Covid diplomacy between India and China. This paper first appeared on the Lowy Institute’s ‘The Interpreter’ on 15 May 2020.

This publication originally appeared in The Interpreter.

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