The Suez crisis should awaken India to a stark geopolitical reality9 min read 15 Apr 2021, 08:51 PM IST
The recent blockage highlights the importance of the Red Sea for India’s economic interests. What must be done?
China has emerged as an active player in the region. In 2017, China joined the US, France, Italy and Japan to set up a base in Djibouti, a small country of a million people on the Horn of Africa.
NEW DELHI : It took the six-day blockage of the Suez Canal to remind us how dependent India is on free passage through the canal and the Red Sea. While the 400-metre-long container ship, MV Ever Given—which ran aground into the east bank of the Suez Canal on 23 March and blocked all movement till it was released on 29 March—is now in Egyptian custody, the saga has sent out economic and strategic alarm bells.
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