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Vol 1 (AAC) No 6

Published 1st April 2008

In the Navy

The exercise of power on Africa's seas

India has defined Africa as part of its wider strategic interest and is concerned about nuclear rival China's encroachment on what it perceives as its'wider sphere of influence' along the African rim of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). To this end, the Indian Navy (IN) is conducting fortnight-long India-Brazil-South Africa maritime exercises (IBSAMAR) from 2 May off South Africa's south-western coast as a force multiplier to further Delhi's strategic, diplomatic and commercial influence in two continents.

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