South Asia and Beyond

Andamans: Should China Fear The Metal Chain?

NEW DELHI: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands give India a distinct advantage due to their strategic location—close to the Malacca Strait, a potential chokepoint for China. Most of China’s oil imports from West Asia via the Indian Ocean pass through the Malacca Strait. Besides, the Andamans give India the opportunity to keep an eye on any Chinese maritime misadventure. In this episode of ‘The Gist’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, who was in the Islands last week, speaks to Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande (Retd), former chief of naval intelligence, about how India can leverage this strategic asset to keep China at bay.

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