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Gaganshakti 2018 to counter growing Chinese influence in IOR

Gaganshakti 2018 to counter growing Chinese influence in IOR

The Indian Air Force is in the middle of its largest pan-India combat-training exercise ever. And, this time, the focus is not just on the western front but also on the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), which has always been of immense strategic importance. This all-encompassing exercise by the Indian Air Force comes in the wake of the Chinese bid to assert its dominance in the South China Sea and its increasing forays into the IOR. The Indian Ocean Region which is home to around 36 countries, is also immensely important for 15 other peripheral states in the region. IOR also provides these countries with deep sea minerals and fisheries. Apart from being a resource by itself, the IOR is an apex trade route for both the West and the East. Today, 40 percent of the world’s oil supply and 64 percent of oil trade, passes through the IOR. David Michel and Russel Sticklor in their book N...

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