The East Moves West

India and China's Great Game in the Gulf.

Issue: Summer 2006

In the coming years, India and China again will become increasingly important players in the Middle East. The United States will have to accept that its "unipolar moment" in the Middle East is transitory. Today the United States has satisfactory relations with China, and there is much discussion of a new U.S.-Indian strategic relationship. Does this mean, however, that India will eventually cooperate on Gulf security? Or that China will be a continuing partner in the effort to bring stability to the world's most important source for oil and natural gas? Both countries have their own agenda for the region that may, over time, diverge from U.S. objectives.

India's Middle East Presence

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