China’s changing relationships with India and Japan may have implications for free and open Indo-Pacific

29 May 2018

Over the past year, there has been a growing interest in the vision of a “free and open Indo-Pacific”. While the term Indo-Pacific has enjoyed growing use over the last decade among analysts and policymakers in the United States and Australia, a number of more recent developments have resulted in the narrative gaining greater traction. Despite that increased usage, it is a notion that requires greater depth and a clearer vision, particularly in terms of economic linkages and connectivity.

Key points:

  • The notion of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific requires a clearer vision in terms of its economic linkages and connectivity.
  • The “China factor” can be one element which further unites the strategic interests of India, Australia, the United States and Japan but is not, of itself, a sufficient glue.
  • In a time of US unpredictability and apparent insularity, and the willingness of China to mend its ties with India and Japan, the notion of the Indo-Pacific itself needs to be better defined.
  • The Indo-Pacific narrative cannot be driven by platitudes or personalities. It must be deeper and more substantive.
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