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Map of the Day: Why China’s Economic Clout in the Indian Ocean Will Be Hard to Beat

China is a key trade partner with every country on the Indian Ocean rim, where the only distinction is whether China is a big trading partner or the biggest trading partner. Image: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Indian Ocean region is home to some of the world’s most important trade routes. It is also rife with choke points and conflict zones that put the region at the center of global geopolitical competition between China, the U.S. and other powers like India.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace this week unveiled a fascinating set of interactive maps revealing the complexity of the Indian Ocean region. It charts the rise of China and other powers in the region and shows how strategic, political and economic dynamics overlap.

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