India News | India envisions an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific

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New Delhi, Nov. 23 (PTI) India said on Tuesday it envisions a free, open and inclusive, rules-based Indo-Pacific, with respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations of the the region.

Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA), also said that a comprehensive approach to maritime security should protect and support legitimate activities while combating traditional and non-traditional threats.

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She was addressing the 5th East Asia Summit Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation.

The East Asia Summit (EAS) grouping includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russia to the exception of 10 member states of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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“India envisions a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations in the region, the peaceful settlement of disputes, the avoidance of the use or threat of use of force and respect for international law, “Ganguly Das said.

She said India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) is based on this vision and that it is an open, non-treaty initiative that does not contemplate creating a new institutional framework.

Developments in the Indo-Pacific region following China’s increase in military might have become a major topic of discussion among major world powers.

Several countries and blocs presented their vision of the Indo-Pacific given its growing strategic interests.

At the East Asia Summit in Bangkok in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed to set up the IPOI to conserve and sustainably use the maritime domain and make significant efforts to create a safe and secure maritime domain. secured.

“As a nation deeply committed to strengthening EAS as an ASEAN-led organization, India continues to positively contribute to the goals of EAS, including maritime security cooperation,” Ganguly Das said.

“We are pleased to have a valuable EAS platform to advance the objectives envisioned in the IPOI and discuss issues of common interest and jointly address common challenges in the field of maritime safety”, she added.

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