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ADECS 2019: A ‘dragon’ is tilting the Indo-Pacific’s naval balance of power

30th January 2019 - 00:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Singapore

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At this year’s ADECS 2019 conference in Singapore, there were few delegates willing to address the South China Sea and China’s growing assertive in the Indo-Pacific region. However, one of those who did was Sarabjeet Parmar, an Indian Navy captain and a senior fellow at the Delhi-based National Maritime Foundation.

In terms of the Western Pacific, Parmar described China as a middle power with leanings towards a great power and aspirations of being the dominant nation. In the Indian Ocean Region, he likened China to a middle power with great aspirations.

The problem is that in both maritime regions, the …

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