UDC 327::911.3(510)(540)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 72 (2018)
Vol. 69, No 1172, pp. 68-83

Original scientific paper
Received: 20 Sep 2018
Accepted: 20 Oct 2018


Vuković Dr Nebojša (Institut za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), nebojsa@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

In the paper, the history, character, geographic extent and future of geostrategic competition between India and China in the South Asian mainland, and in the maritime zone of the Indian Ocean, are presented and explained. the basic thesis of the paper consists of the attitude that, despite mutual economic cooperation and joint participation in certain international forums, such as BRICS, India and China are not political partners, but rather strategic rivals, whose current low-intensity competition may assume more violent forms and content over time. also, the assertion that, for the time being, China is in a more favorable position in the mainland, whereas India is still more dominant in the ocean due to the specific geographic conditions is presented and reasoned in this paper. In the final part of the paper, the author also makes a reference to the possible global consequences of the competition between the world’s two most populous nations.

Keywords: China, India, South asia, Indian Ocean, geostrategy, geopolitics