The Asian seas today are witnessing an intriguing historical anomaly—the simultaneous rises of two homegrown maritime powers against the backdrop of U.S. dominion over the global commons. The drivers behind this apparent irregularity in the Asian regional order are, of course, China and India. Their aspi- rations for great-power status and, above all, their quests for energy security have compelled both Beijing and New Delhi to redirect their gazes from land to the seas.
Holmes, James R. and Yoshihara, Toshi
"China and the United States in the Indian Ocean,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 61
, Article 4.
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