India- Korea Strategic Partnership has become completely dysfunctional and has completely failed to have any deterrent effect on the fast deteriorating "Balance of Forces" in the region. if something is not done soon to revitalize the alliance, damage to India- Korea alliance will become permanent and it will become impossible to repair the alliance for long time to come.
Here are my Five Principle Components to Revitalize the India- Korea Strategic Alliance
1. Acknowledge that India or Korea alone cannot stop the fast changing “balance of forces” in the Indian Ocean and in the East Asian region at large.
Developing the common threat perception is urgent need of the hour.
2) Acknowledge Indian and Korean Naval cooperation with regional navies will be very critical for keeping the SLOCs open and free for use of all in the Indian Ocean.
Developing the conceptual framework that India and Korea defense cooperation can have positive effect in stabilizing the fast deteriorating situation in the region is of paramount importance in revitalizing the alliance
3) Acknowledge Defense of South China Sea is interconnected with the defense of Bay of Bengal and East & West Sea..
Have a conceptual model of ‘inter connecting of strategic interests” between India and Korea. It can help in building the stronger foundation to have sustainable India- Korea defense cooperation for the longer term.
4) Acknowledge cooperation between Japanese and Korean naval forces will be very critical in keeping the east and South China Sea open for international trade. Development of any serious difference between these two countries will have serious consequences for the whole region. Other regional countries such as Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia are also important. But these two countries are most critical for the defense of East Asia. India needs to work on this bilateral alliance on priority basis. India as a serious stake holder in the region and good friend of both countries should leave no stone unturned to make sure these two navies works together as much as possible in the defense of “open sea” principle.
5 Acknowledge USA is fast loosing grip on the situation. Era of USA led East Asia is on the verge of ending. However India and Korea must coordinate together with USA to keep the balance of forces in the region as long as possible deep into the future. Do not give up on USA yet.
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