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should establish forward bases to advise armies of neighbouring nations, build special forces and enhance joint maritime patrols with the US in the Indian Ocean to meet security challenges, a US-based think- tank has recommended after the Dokalam-crisis with The South Center of Washington-based Atlantic Council, in its report 'The Sino-Indian Clash and the New Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific' should propose regular India-US-talks at least on an annual basis, perhaps on the margins of the G20 or the East Asian Summit meetings aimed at minimising the risk of misperception or miscalculation. The think-tank said while and have substantial economic ties and common interests, particularly as both are members of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) organisations and G20 nations, nonetheless, legal territorial issues will continue to spur Indian skepticism about Chinese intentions. In a series of recommendations, the report authored by Bharath Gopalaswamy and Robert A Manning, says that there was a distinction between counterbalancing and containment. and were locked in a 73-day stand-off in Dokalam, a tri-junction between the Sino-and Bhutanese border near Sikkim, from June 16 this year after personnel stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area. The standoff ended on August 28 after both sides reached an understanding on a quick "disengagement" of border personnel. Noting that in a dynamic Indo-Pacific security environment, Sino-Indian ties have grown more problematic, the report said that as a democracy and a committed market- oriented economy, appears more focused than on the rules-based global order, while trying to build a larger role and expand its voice and influence within it. It recommended that and the US should enhance joint maritime patrols in the Indian Ocean. Both nations should seek to assert their presence in the international sea lanes where is expanding its reach, it said noting that this would help the United States and collectively balance the Chinese military ascent in the Indian Ocean. Additionally, the United States and must boost bilateral security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. should also seek assistance from Japan and the United States in developing its indigenous shipbuilding capabilities and should consider permitting Australia to join the Malabar exercises to resurrect the initial Quadrilateral grouping, the report said. India, it said, should improve its carrier aviation capacity, which will help maintain sea control in the Indian Ocean. Indias military structure is based on carrier battle groups, which gives it an advantage over the Chinese Navy, it said. However, Chinas push for naval modernisation over the last decade has widened the gap in the capability of both militaries, and needs to overcome its deficits by developing a long-term plan to enhance its naval capacity, it said. "Specifically, the United States can play a major role in helping modernise its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fleet," the report said. "must seek to improve its space surveillance capacities. already possesses a developed space program which it must utilise to serve practical military needs," said the Atlantic Council. According to Atlantic Council, primarily, should focus on replicating a national security architecture similar to that found in countries like the United States, Israel, and should seek to establish a body like the United States Office of the Federal Chief Information Security Officer. "should establish forward bases to advise the militaries of neighbouring countries. could set up a brigade for each South Asian nation (other than Pakistan), which would take on the responsibility of training and advising the militaries of those countries," Atlantic Council said. "could also create a satellite campus of the National Defence Academy, or an entirely new academy, to train greater numbers of Bhutanese/ Nepali/ Bangladeshi/ Sri Lankan troops in India," it recommended. Noting that the recent use of its special forces on Pakistani territory demonstrates Indias willingness to conduct asymmetrical warfare, the report said should seek to centralise the command of all its special forces units, which are currently under the purview of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Research and Analysis Wing.

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First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 14:48 IST