A rules-based Indo-Pacific with freedom of navigation, open connectivity and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states is an article of faith for India, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday.
In an address at an online workshop on cooperation among India, Japan and France in the Indo-Pacific, he said New Delhi has not just mainstreamed the expression “Indo-Pacific”, but also encouraged others to perceive and define the region in its full extent.
“Whatever the navigation map, it is an indisputable fact that the Indo-Pacific is the 21st century’s locus of political and security concerns and competition, of growth and development, and of technology incubation and innovation,” he said.
Highlighting various aspects of India’s Indo-Pacific strategy, Shringla referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for the region which he had enunciated as the SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) doctrine at Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore in 2018.
“This aspiration depends on securing end-to-end supply chains in the region; no disproportionate dependence on a single country; and ensuring prosperity for all stakeholder nations,” Shiringla said at the workshop organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
“An Indo-Pacific guided by norms and governed by rules, with freedom of navigation, open connectivity, and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states, is an article of faith for India,” he said.
There has been growing global concerns among leading powers over China’s increasing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.