India’s economic growth, its strong regional relationships, and its improving military capabilities provide it with an important tool to counter China’s growing power in Asia and beyond. India has long been a counterweight to Chinese regional influence – during the Cold War, when the two countries were aligned with opposing global powers, and more recently through bilateral dialogues and international multilateral alliances.
India has a burgeoning economy with a population that is over 1.3 billion – and growing. India is the world’s third-largest economy and is currently the fastest-growing major economy in the world. It is set to become the world’s fifth-largest economy by 2025. This provides India with the economic resources to compete with China in diplomatic, economic, and military arenas.
Furthermore, India’s regional diplomatic efforts in the Indo-Pacific have made it an increasingly important actor. Through its membership in ASEAN+3, India has a dominant role in regional economic, diplomatic, and security issues, including the challenge of managing tension between China and other nations in the region. India has also quickly developed a series of strong relationships with countries in the region, such as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue with the US, Japan, and Australia.