The Indo-Pacific: A New Geography of Conflict


This article analyzes the Indo-Pacific as a new area of conflict between actors in maintaining strategic access – both marine resources and sea route access – for commercial and military transportation purposes. The results of this study explain that conflicts of interest describe differences in attitudes, especially between the United States (US), its allies, and several countries that also have security problems with China. On the other hand, various Chinese military steps are considered to be worrying for global interests in the Indo-Pacific, namely freedom of navigation that ensures the security of maritime transportation routes, as well as the ownership of marine resources.

Keywords: Indo-Pacific, conflict, geostrategy

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