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26 November 2020

With its growing strategic engagement with Washington now short of formal alliance, India must not only consider the disadvantages generated by the US Indian Ocean presence, but also the effect of any future withdrawal of US forces and the likelihood of an ensuing vacuum filled by China. Thus, there are obvious advantages for India in the continued US presence on Diego Garcia, but its commitment to decolonisation and support for Mauritius has created a conundrum.

News from the CEO

  • 24 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla will pay an official visit to Nepal, on 26 and 27 November. Two days later, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe will make a one-day visit to Nepal, arriving in Kathmandu on 29 November.

  • 13 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    The fifteenth East Asia Summit will meet virtually on 14 November. Also to be held virtually is the twelfth BRICS Leader’s Summit on 17 November, with the theme “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.

  • 3 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    The first phase of the Malabar naval exercise involving the "Quad" countries - India, US, Japan and Australia - is underway in the Bay of Bengal, 3-6 November. Myanmar will hold a general election on 8 November.

  • 27 October 2020
    What’s Next?

    After the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue on 27 October, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo completes the India section of a six-day trip to underscore the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. He then heads to Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.


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