Rajesh Rajagopalan's scientific contributions

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India has adopted the Indo-Pacific concept with uncharacteristic speed. This article examines India's Indo-Pacific strategy, which evolved out of its earlier ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policies but is much more focused on strategic concerns than on trade or connectivity. As such, the strategy is subset of its China policy, and includes contradictor...

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... India has forged strategic partnerships with several key players in the region and has embraced the concept of "Indo-Pacific" with unprecedented speed. While the "look East" policy launched in 1991 seemed to tend towards achieving economic growth by rushing behind the dynamic economies of Southeast Asia, the strategic concerns arising from the rise of China eventually became an important consideration, and India's strategy towards South and Southeast Asia has become a subset of India's policy towards China, with other elements fading in the margins (Rajagopalan, 2020). It is worth noting that the Indian government does not recognize China as the main engine of its policy in the South and Southeast Asia region, although its increasing strategic relationship with the United States and its allies such as Japan reflects this interpretation, which was adopted by many analysts who believe that the increasing Indian relations with both the US and Japan are only reactions to China's growing rise despite the reluctance of policy makers to saying so. ...