India and NATO~II

No doubt, India has not been sitting idle all this while. Besides QUAD, which is a formal strategic ‘partnership’, India has been forging strategic bilateral ‘partnerships’ with littoral democracies that are similarly under threat by an openly aggressive China, such as Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Mauritius, Seychelles, Malaysia etc.

Test of Philippines

In 1995, the Philippines had noticed strange Chinese military structures coming up on Mischief Reef in its Spratly Islands.

Maritime disputes

Maritime disputes across the vast South China Sea have ratcheted up in recent years as an increasingly assertive China militarises disputed islands and confronts its regional rivals over their competing claims in the strategically important and resource-rich waterway.