Russia and China team up on the Indian Ocean

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Oriana Skylar Mastro
The Interpreter

The US and its allies may have military dominance in the region, but it’s no guarantee of influence.

By Oriana Skylar Mastro

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.

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