As China's and India's navies grow stronger and these nations realize they have some common interests, such as pursuing seagoing trade routes to boost economies, they could give the United States and its Navy the cold shoulder.
At the dawn of the 21st century, the United States faces a situation where the emergence of new naval powers could threaten U.S. ability to dictate the use of the sea worldwide. It would be a mistake for the United States to look at these expanding navies only in terms of U.S. relations with them, because as they expand they almost certainly will establish relations among themselves. Among the key relationships to be watched will be that between two Asian giants who are both emphasizing sea power: China and India. In spite of these two nations' history of enmity, there is reason to believe that China and India might forge a relationship that increasingly leaves the United States out in the cold.