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By Jan Janssonius – Jansson, J., Novus Atlas, Sive Theatrum Orbis Terrarum: In quo Orbis Antiquus, Seu Geographia Vetus, Sacra & Profana exhibetur, Volume 6, 1658. This file was provided to Wikimedia Commons by Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, a specialist dealer in rare maps and other cartography of the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as part of a cooperation project. Public Domain.

I ruminate a bit about the term “Indo-Pacific” over at the Diplomat:

The term was found in print in contemporary usage in 1993 (and again by Gurpreet S. Khurana in 2007), to describe the increasingly dense nature of maritime networks of trade and contact in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. U.S. policymakers began to adopt the term more widely in the last decade, in large part because the “Indo” half of Indo-Pacific draws India into a strategic relationship with China, Japan, Australia, and the United States. U.S. policymakers (and to an extent their Japanese counterparts) foresaw growing strategic tension between New Delhi and Beijing, and sought to make India a counterweight to the growing power of China.

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