India eyes partnership with US to counter China for stability in Indo-Pacific region

In a veiled snub to China’s moves to change geography in the Indo-Pacific region External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday stressed that strong Indo-US partnership is key to stability in the region.

“One of the main challenges confronting the world today is the evolving situation in the Indo-Pacific. Strong India-US partnership is critical for peace, stability and prosperity in this region,” Swaraj said while inaugurating maiden Indo-US Forum — a track 1.5 initiative — that brought together policymakers, thought leaders, industry captains among others from both countries to deliberate on various areas of strategic and economic partnership just over a month after the PM visit to Washington.

“Enunciation of common principles to guide our approach in the region during the visit of Prime Minister is, therefore, significant. India and the US stand together in upholding an international rules-based system that has benefited all nations,” the Minister recalled on Monday evening amid ongoing Sino-Indian border stand off.

Referring to India’s position on China’s One Belt One Road initiative that passes through PoK, Swaraj said, “We have also outlined the principles that should be adhered to in undertaking connectivity initiatives, including ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. India will continue to work with the US and other partners in support of these objectives and principles.”

The closed-door Forum has been organised by leading public policy body Ananta Aspen Centre with support of MEA.

By: ET

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