Indo-Pacific Connectivity: Toward Competition or Cooperation

Damayanti, Angel (2019) Indo-Pacific Connectivity: Toward Competition or Cooperation. Asian Studies International Journal, 1 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2279 1949

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The initiative to connect countries that lie between Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean into an integrated and interconnected Indo-Pacific has been realized. Both regions, that cover East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian countries, are having significant economic growth as well as socio-political dynamic. On one hand, the initiative brings about opportunities of cooperation to decrease poverty and to combat common enemies such as terrorism and transnational organized crimes at sea. On the other hand, the rise of material powers in terms of economic and military leads countries in the region to the deepening of mistrust and tension. This paper will analyze whether the connectivity of Indo-Pacific will bring benefits to all parties in a pattern of cooperation or on contrary toward competition that ends in tension. With the concept of modern and post-modern naval countries and using the methodology of policy analysis the article tries to elaborate the defence strategy of major powers in the region particularly the United States, China, Indonesia and India. This paper will also analyze the role of regional organization, in particular the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) in the process of connectivity. By looking at its success story in maintaining the stability in Southeast Asian region, this article argues that ASEAN can play a central role in maintaining the stability in Indo-Pacific region with some remarks. Keywords: Indo-Pacific region, ASEAN, post-modern navies, defence strategy.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Ms Rosaliana Wati
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2022 03:29
Last Modified: 29 May 2023 01:47

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