The 3 nation Indo-Pacific Compact
- GS Mains paper II
- International Relations, Indo-Pacific, The quadrilateral, ASSEAN-India meet
- A trilateral meet of India, Japan and Australia was conducted in new Delhi
- India, Japan and Australia have “growing convergences” in the Indo-Pacific region.
- The fourth trilateral between Foreign Secretaries S. Jaishankar and his counterparts, Ms. Adamson and Japanese Vice-Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama, was held in Delhi a month after the first meeting of the Quadrilateral, or Quad, which includes the U.S., was held in Manila.
- The three sides stressed the need for greater collaboration on maritime security and domain awareness and disaster response capabilities.
- They also renewed their resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed the need for enhanced cooperation on counter-terrorism.
- a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry said.
- The three parties also discussed Connectivity issues.
- The joint statement issued after the meet has also underlined “support for ASEAN centrality in the political and security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region”. This indicates the possibility of trilateral military cooperation along with East Asian nations as well.
- India will be hosting a commemorative ASEAN-India summit in Delhi on January 25 2018.
- Also, all 10 ASEAN-nation leaders will be the chief guests at the coming Republic Day parade.
- The theme of the engagement this year would focus on the three “C’s” of Commerce, Connectivity and Culture.
Briefing presspersons after the meeting, Australian Foreign Secretary Frances Adamson said the three countries had discussed regional connectivity issues, at the meeting.
“Each of us has a very strong commitment to transparency around these projects, financing arrangements scrutiny, environmental standards and labour standards. Irrespective of under whose auspices these projects are held under,” Ms. Adamson said, when asked if concerns about China’s Belt and Road initiative, which India opposes, had been discussed.
The fourth trilateral between Foreign Secretaries S. Jaishankar and his counterparts, Ms. Adamson and Japanese Vice-Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama, was held in Delhi a month after the first meeting of the Quadrilateral, or Quad, which includes the U.S., was held in Manila. Ms. Adamson said the two processes would continue to “exist together”