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    Beddoun Issm Reply

    September 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Interesting piece of writing.

    However, I would advice the author to do dwell upon the upcoming Indian presence in the South China Sea (SCS).

    1. India is assisting Vietnam to develop offshore rigs for Vietnam and provide it maritime security infrastructure and trainings. Oddly enough, Vietnam has the maximum number of SCS features under her control as opposed to Chinese.

    2. India is also in the process of forging military to military (Naval) primarily relations with Philippines. Several MoUs have been signed between the two governments to this end.

    3. India has been regularly invited to ASEAN moots to boost her image in the region as a valid counter balance to Chinese dreaded presence in the region.

    4. Indian Naval wargames have been concluded in the Bay of Bengal, with Australians, Thai and Malaysian Navies.

    5. Brunei Darussalam is a tiny Islamic country with huge interests in the SCS region. US and other Western Powers are systematically and willfully ignoring the justified concerns of the Govt of Brunei. This is prime reason, Pakistan should adopt a rather forward looking, proactive maritime foreign policy and assist the Brunei in their legitimate security concerns. Trainings of Military personnel, provisioning of military sales and possibly setting up of Naval, Air Force or Army Bases on Brunei can be considered as a beginning step in this regard. A regular visit of Pakistani Naval Frigate and a Submarine could also be initiated.

    6. Thanks to Pakistan, China is already becoming a Two Ocean Power. It is the best time for Pakistan to re-evaluate her ‘defensive’ paradigm and adopt a more robust approach to safeguard her interests and the interests of her allies in the region, even if it manifests beyond the Strait of Malacca.

    Yea yea, I know………………. Pakistan was a small country with terrible security situation, limited means, apparently no interest in the Indian Ocean region and all. But it is all about to change. It is in the best interest of Pakistan and world at large that Indian ocean does not become India’s ocean only ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    You write really well anyway. Shabash.

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