Indo-Pacific: The next growth engine?

There is more to gain by moving away from geopolitical rivalry to focusing on common challenges and areas of cooperation

Linking the Indian and Pacific oceans into a single geographical space, most scholars and analysts have discussed the vaguely defined Indo-Pacific concept within a geostrategic or geopolitical frame. The flurry of analytical articles over the past year often contain common themes: containment, militarisation, and rebalancing vis-a-vis China's rise and assertiveness.

Yet, there is more to gain from a geo-economic perspective. Further, from a non-traditional security dimension, enhanced Indo-Pacific cooperation will yield significant benefits.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2018, with the headline 'Indo-Pacific: The next growth engine?'. Subscribe