FEATURE | Understanding India and China’s evolving Indian Ocean roles

Beijing claims the South China Sea as China’s own. But it completely rejects any notion that the Indian Ocean should be treated either as India’s ocean or as an Indian preserve. The implications of these inconsistent positions may become increasingly important in the China–India relationship, and have important consequences for other countries in the region.

OPINION: A new order for the Indo-Pacific

Security dynamics are changing rapidly in the Indo-Pacific. The region is home not only to the world’s fastest-growing economies, but also to the fastest-increasing military expenditures and naval capabilities, the fiercest competition over natural resources, and the most dangerous strategic hot spots. One might even say that it holds the key to global security.

Eight drug busts for international naval deployment

The UK and France commanded a multinational naval task force which has scored eight drugs busts over a five-month period in the Gulf and Indian Ocean, seizing 1.75 tonnes of narcotics worth nearly £400 million (US$500 million), including 265kg of heroin and 455kg of hashish by the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Monmouth.

Comata orders toothfish longliner

Comata has ordered a 62.8-metre freezer longliner dedicated to toothfish fishing in the French Austral seas. Designed by Piriou Ingenierie, and to be built at Piriou's Vietnamese shipyard, Ile de la Reunion should be delivered by the end of the 2018 summer.

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