NAVIGATING SINO-INDIA RELATIONS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES FOR PAKISTAN
Sino-India relations in the Indian Ocean have emerged as a critical aspect of geopolitical dynamics in the region. This abstract explores the prospects and challenges for Pakistan arising from this evolving relationship. With China's increasing naval presence and economic interests in the Indian Ocean, and India's own ambitions to safeguard its strategic interests, the region has witnessed a power struggle between the two Asian giants. The prospects for Pakistan lie in the potential for economic cooperation and infrastructural development through China's Belt and Road Initiative, which could enhance connectivity and trade opportunities. However, challenges arise for Pakistan as it navigates its delicate balance between China and India. These challenges include concerns over the deepening strategic and military ties between China and India, potential encirclement, and the impact on Pakistan's strategic autonomy. It is crucial for Pakistan to carefully manage these challenges while leveraging the opportunities to ensure its own security, economic growth, and regional stability.