T here is a growing strategic competition underway in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea between India and China focused on acquiring com- mercial ports and military facilities. It is a race for strategic access, leverage, and influence for energy resources, markets, and national security. This competition between two relative new naval powers in the region will directly influence the U.S. and its regional partners in the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and U.S. Africa The Great Game in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Partnership Opportunities for the U.S. By Chad Pillai INDO-PACIFIC SASEBO, Japan (June 10, 2016) – Rear Adm. Brian Hurley, center, deputy commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, tours the Indian navy Kora-class corvette INS Kirch (P62) during Malabar 2016. Photo: (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released) 22 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JULY-SEPTEMBER 2018