Indian naval academy opens

India has just opened potentially the largest Naval institute in Asia, down in Kerala. Given that this academy was proposed way back in 1982, it can’t – but probably will – be taken as one of those signs of great power rivalry. Of course, the fact that it got started in 1982 is quite a good illustration of India’s handicaps (note contrast to China and the carrier).

What’s most interesting is that Japan and Korea are considered ‘friendly naval powers’, who might send their cadets to the academy. Seeing cadets from those three nations learning together would be quite a picture of globalization, and shows that, at least to an extent, they are seeing each other as natural partners.

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