NEW DELHI: The Indo-Pacific concept is not tomorrow’s prediction but yesterday’s reality and denying it is tantamount to refuting globalization, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said Thursday.
Addressing the CII Partnership Summit 2020, Jaishankar said that the Indo-Pacific concept has recently gained more prominence in diplomatic language.
However, he also stressed that he said earlier: “The Indo-Pacific is not tomorrow’s prediction but yesterday’s reality.”
Explaining what the Indo-Pacific really is, Jaishankar said: “Literally, it means the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans which can no longer be treated as distinct spheres.”
“Each nation and region would have its own version of this reality. But I can speak for India and say this: it (Indo-Pacific) captures a mix of our expanding horizons, expanding interests and globalized activities,” he said. Jaishankar.
“Many would agree with us; others might offer additional justification. The Indo-Pacific, for some, can also be resource optimization in an enlarged arena. Or simply a desire to better contribute to the global challenges facing us. now they transcend old borders. Many also chose in that process to reaffirm fundamental principles such as the rule of law, “he said.
As societies have become more globalized and the distribution of power has rebalanced, the interests of many now extend beyond their proximity, he noted.
This trend has been particularly strong in Asia, which has been at the center of a new economic recovery, Jaishankar said.
“Whether viewed from the point of view of resources, efforts or challenges, it is therefore no longer realistic to confine our thinking within the previous box,” he said.
Jaishankar said this would mean “we are either deliberately obsolete or that we have chosen to make only selective exceptions”.
Neither, of course, does it fit India, nor much of the international community, he said.
“Denying the Indo-Pacific is tantamount to rejecting globalization,” said the minister.
As this region is primarily a maritime space, countries are naturally focused on building practical cooperation in that area, Jaishankar said, adding that a safe, secure and stable maritime space is a necessary condition for peace, security and prosperity.
“On the contrary, threats endanger human security in all its dimensions by disrupting trade, disrupting the ecology or creating property and rights disputes. In our interdependent world, the complexity of such challenges has outgrown. any nation to face alone, “he said.
“Indeed, the sheer scale of this arena highlights why the need for collaborative action has become so pressing. Of course, the individual interests of countries are at stake; but so is their collective advantage in ensuring that the commons global are better protected. “Jaishankar said.
It is the challenge of harmonizing these pushes and pressures that the Indo-Pacific politics of all players faces, he added.
On June 1, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined India’s vision for the Indo-Pacific region in his speech at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore.
The Indian Indo-Pacific concept is inclusive in nature and supports an approach that respects the right to freedom of navigation and overflight for all in international seas.