India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington in June 2017. As part of its Indo-Pacific strategy, the US has renamed its Pacific Naval Command the Indo-Pacific Command. Photo: Reuters
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington in June 2017. As part of its Indo-Pacific strategy, the US has renamed its Pacific Naval Command the Indo-Pacific Command. Photo: Reuters

With India a reluctant partner, the US South China Sea strategy is more about muddying the waters than concrete action by Quad allies

Prateek Joshi says the unwillingness of Indo-Pacific allies to increase naval deployments in the South China Sea means the US is restricted to creating controversy where it can