Indian academic proposes regional security framework including Taiwan

Strategy expert Bharat Karnad told Yushan Forum he believes Indo-Pacific cooperation can offset China's military efforts

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Indian national security expert Bharat Karnad (second from left) speaking in Taipei Tuesday October 8.

Indian national security expert Bharat Karnad (second from left) speaking in Taipei Tuesday October 8. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Countries in the Indo-Pacific region, including Taiwan, should form a security framework to oppose China’s military efforts, a strategy expert from India told the Yushan Forum on Tuesday (Oct. 8).

As the Trump Administration was too unpredictable and relatively isolationist, the countries in the region needed to rely more on their own resources and abilities, CNA quoted Bharat Karnad as saying. The academic works as a research professor in National Security Studies at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi.

Karnad described India as the world’s fourth strongest naval power. He added that Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines relied on strong armed forces, allowing them to become a significant force if they strengthen their cooperation.

The Yushan Forum in Taipei presented a report about Taiwan-India relations on Tuesday. Taiwanese academics emphasized that the bilateral relationship should be seen as independent of China in order for it to be sustainable, CNA reported.