With Japan's new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, eager to ensure a stable balance of power in Asia, there could be room for a closer Indo-Japanese partnership in 2013.
The U.S. position on whether India or China has sovereignty over the territory of Arunachal Pradesh will be increasingly important as the rivalry between those two emerging powers grows.
India's relations with Southeast Asia are booming, but Beijing's increased presence in the region looms large in New Delhi's thinking.
As President Obama begins his second term, it's up to New Delhi to take the already strong U.S.-Indian partnership to the next level.
As in the Cold War, so in the current power play between the United States and China; the rest of Asia will simply not submit itself to the discipline of a bipolar framework. Asia will actively shape and be shaped by the emerging strategic dynamic between Washington and Beijing.
Despite the huge differences in the current naval capabilities of China, India, and the United States, the three countries are locked in a triangular struggle destined to mold the future Indo-Pacific.