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date: 28 February 2021

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Anchored in centuries of exchanges across the Western Indian Ocean, India’s relations with Africa have recently entered a new phase. New Delhi’s stakes in the continent now include accessing mineral resources, developing investment and trade potential, the security of East Africa’s sea lines of communication, protecting the Indian diaspora, enlisting diplomatic support for its multilateral stances, and also a competitive dynamic with China and other rising powers. This chapter reviews these various drivers, as well as the domestic debate on an ideal Africa policy. The chapter also discusses six areas where India may develop a long-term comparative advantage over its competitors.

Keywords: Africa, India, Indian Ocean, China, security, mineral resources, investment, trade

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