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

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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
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Prateek Joshi

Prateek Joshi

Prateek Joshi works as a research associate with VIF India, a New-Delhi-based public policy institution. Previously, he worked on a project with IDSA, a think tank funded by the Ministry of Defence. His research areas include Sino-India relations, Indo-Pacific, Indo-Pak ties and colonial frontier policy.