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A Potential Flashpoint: South Asia in the U.S.-China Great Power Competition

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The Ascendancy of Regional Powers in Contemporary US-China Relations

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The South Asian region is setting the stage for intensifying U.S.-China great power competition. India’s growing strategic partnership with the United States to counterbalance the rise of China, and Beijing’s deepening strategic relations with Pakistan to offset New Delhi, are signaling that the region is and will continue to be one of the hotspots of great power competition. The American perception of China as a mounting threat to its hegemony enhances the importance of India in Washington’s strategic calculations. This has enabled New Delhi to strengthen its relatively weaker position vis-à-vis China, particularly in the face of growing Chinese assertiveness in unresolved border disputes with India. China, on the other hand, seeking to counter U.S. alliances across the region, perceives India’s increasing strategic partnership with the United States as a threat to its security and is, therefore, deepening its relations with Pakistan. Consequently, these South Asian states have an ability to influence and shape the great power competition in order to reap strategic and economic benefits from their respective patrons.

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Bano, S. (2023). A Potential Flashpoint: South Asia in the U.S.-China Great Power Competition. In: Roberts, K., Bano, S. (eds) The Ascendancy of Regional Powers in Contemporary US-China Relations . Global Foreign Policy Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-37612-2_3

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