India and China at sea: competition and coexistence in the Indo-Pacific maritime domain

Crawford School of Public Policy | National Security College
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Event details


Date & time

Monday 10 October 2016


Barton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Professor You Ji, University of Macau; Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation; Professor Rory Medcalf, Head, National Security College, Crawford School, ANU; plus many more.


Chris Farnham

India and China are fast emerging as major maritime powers of the Indo-Pacific as part of long term shifts in the regional balance of power. As their wealth, interests and power expand, India and China also increasingly come into contact with each other in the shared Indo-Pacific maritime domain. The extent to which their interactions in this space will involve elements of cooperation, coexistence, competition or confrontation may be one of the key strategic issues of the 21st century.

This conference brings together leading experts from India, China and Australia to discuss the India-China relationship in the Indo-Pacific maritime domain.

This conference will focus on:

  • Indian and Chinese perspectives on the status and legitimacy of their roles and military presence in the Indian Ocean
  • China’s emerging Indo-Pacific naval strategy
  • changes in Indian perspectives on China and the Indian Ocean under the Modi and Singh governments
  • aspects of India’s evolving naval strategy in the Indian Ocean, including Indian perspectives on maritime domain awareness

Conference presenters and speakers include:

  • Professor You Ji, Head, Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau
  • Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times
  • Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
  • Darshana Baruah, Carnegie India
  • Associate Professor Jindong Yuan, University of Sydney
  • Dr Jian Zhang, Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Administration) School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW ADFA
  • Professor Rory Medcalf, Head, National Security College, ANU
  • Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director and CEO, Australia India Institute
  • Dr David Brewster, Senior Research Fellow, National Security College, ANU

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