The US and its allies may have military dominance in the region, but it’s no guarantee of influence.
Two recent naval exercises demonstrate the potential for Russia-China cooperation in the Indian Ocean, and how the two present a much greater threat to a continued US role and influence in the region than either would individually.
The National Security College (NSC), 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 Russian and Chinese cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region. This paper first appeared on the Lowy Institute’s ‘The Interpreter’ on 16 December 2020.