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The Indo in Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific strategy


United States President Joe Biden


Joe Biden is the third US president to stress the centrality of the Indo-Pacific region in the geopolitical contest underway. Although China’s coercion and aggression is felt across the globe, it’s felt most acutely in the Indo-Pacific. India doesn’t need a reminder. It has a continuous one on the border. As a White House official noted, China’s multiple aggressions on the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) have had ‘a galvanising impact on India’.

Joe Biden doesn’t want to ‘change’ China. He wants to change the strategic environment around China and tilt the balance in favour of US allies and partners. It has to be a collective effort, and the next decade will determine success or failure.

This is the essence of Biden’s Indo-Pacific strategy released last week after a year-long process of internal debates and consultations with European and Asian leaders. It’s being called one of the

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