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Sri Lanka–China Relations

The Sri Lankan, Indian, and Chinese perspectives on the growing strategic partnership between Sri Lanka and China are analysed. The motivations and objectives of India and China in strengthening their artnership with Sri Lanka are examined. The history of the Sri Lanka–China relationship and Chinese overtures to Sri Lanka in recent days is discussed. It is argued that given the geostrategic location of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, and proximity to India, an aspiration for infrastructural developmental and Chinese developmental assistance are primarily shaping the Sri Lankan foreign policy choice to adopt hedging to maximise benefits.

Indian Ocean as the Sea of Opportunities: Reinforced Regional Interdependence via Trade and Development

This article presents the evolving policy of regional trade agreements in the Indian Ocean region with India at the helm of affairs. Besides the existing arrangements such as Association of Southeast Asian Nations and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, new partnerships are on the horizon including the recently concluded Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, the Indian Ocean Rim Association, and the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor. In the process, the Indian Ocean region looks at advancing South–South cooperation. The challenge remains to prioritise collective steps toward trade and development while envisaging people-friendly international trade governance.

Monsoon Malabar

Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast edited by Sebastian R Prange, Cambridge University Press, 2018; pp xvi + 344, £90.

Malabar in the Indian Ocean: Cosmopolitanism in a Maritime Historical Region edited by Mahmood Kooria and Michael Naylor Pearson, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp xxvii + 396, 1,495.

Historiography of Oceans

Oceans Connect: Reflections on Water Worlds across Time and Space edited by Rila Mukherjee (Delhi: Primus Books), 2013; pp xvi + 286, Rs 995.

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