IN­DIA SHARES ITS VI­SION FOR INDO­PA­CIFIC WITH CHINA

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - Su­tirtho Pa­tra­nobis

BEI­JING:IN­DIA on Fri­day ex­plained its vi­sion for the Indo-pa­cific to China at a bi­lat­eral mar­itime di­a­logue in Bei­jing amid a new warm­ing in ties and ques­tions about the fu­ture of the “Quad”, of which In­dia is a mem­ber with the US, Aus­tralia and Japan.

New Delhi’s strat­egy for the Indo-pa­cific, a term coined by the US to re­flect In­dia’s larger role in the re­gion, came up dur­ing the sec­ond In­dia-china Mar­itime Af­fairs Di­a­logue. China has kept a wary eye on all de­vel­op­ments re­lated to the Indo-pa­cific and the Quadri­lat­eral Al­liance.

“The two sides ex­changed views on var­i­ous top­ics of mu­tual in­ter­est, in­clud­ing per­spec­tives on mar­itime se­cu­rity and co­op­er­a­tion, blue econ­omy, and fur­ther strength­en­ing of prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion,” said a state­ment from the In­dian em­bassy.

“The In­dian side also elab­o­rated on In­dia’s vi­sion for the Indo-paci­fi­cre­gionasar­tic­u­lated in Prime Min­is­ter (Naren­dra) Modi’s key­note ad­dress at this year’s Shangri-la Di­a­logue in Sin­ga­pore,” it added.

Modi said at the se­cu­rity meet last month that In­dia “does not see the Indo-pa­cific re­gion as a strat­egy or as a club of lim­ited mem­bers” or “a group­ing that seeks to dom­i­nate”.

“And by no means do we con­sider it as di­rected against any coun­try,” Modi had said, in­di­cat­ing that the Quad will not be the sole cus­to­dian of the Indo-pa­cific.

The In­dia-china mar­itime di­a­logue also cov­ered other as­pects of mar­itime ties.

“Both sides un­der­lined the im­por­tance of this di­a­logue as an im­por­tant mech­a­nism be­tween the two coun­tries for con­sul­ta­tions on mar­itime is­sues. They em­pha­sised the need to fur­ther strengthen mar­itime co­op­er­a­tion as an im­por­tant area of In­di­achina bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, and as a plat­form to strengthen po­lit­i­cal and strate­gic mu­tual trust be­tween the two coun­tries,” the In­dian em­bassy’s state­ment said.

THE QUAD IS AN IN­FOR­MAL MECH­A­NISM OF IN­DIA, THE U.S., AUS­TRALIA AND JAPAN, OF­TEN IN­TER­PRETED AS A JOINT EF­FORT TO COUNTER CHINA IN THE ASIA­PA­CIFIC.

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