Indo-Pacific: The Indo-Pacific is a “reality”: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar

As globalization progresses and diversifies, there will only be a better appreciation of the interdependence and broader footprints that the Indo-Pacific expresses, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday. “In this direction, to deny the Indo-Pacific is to deny globalization,” he said at a conference.

Foreign ministers have said that the Indo-Pacific is a “fact of life” and that the issue of convergence is therefore more a matter of perception than reality.

“Even those who ostensibly have reservations behave and operate in a way that validates the Indo-Pacific. And that validation, as you all know, is in its transparency and interpenetration,” he said.

“In truth, everyone is aware that there is an amalgamation of theaters that weren’t naturally separated earlier. The politics of the time apparently created some reluctance to admit it,” Jaishankar said.

He was speaking at the third Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) organized by the National Maritime Foundation.

In his remarks, he also referred to diverging views on the Indo-Pacific.

“The answer is probably in the state of mind, maybe even in their insecurities. If one is steeped in the ethics of the Cold War and even exploited it to one’s advantage, it is not. easy to accept that others can approach the world in a very different way, “he added. noted.

“Especially if the goal is to create a broader, more collaborative and more democratic approach to achieving the common good,” he added.

Jaishankar also spoke of reducing the risks associated with “concentrated production” and “fragile supply chains”.

“What then are the expectations of the Indo-Pacific? Above all, the likelihood that state policies that overcome psychological limitations create more opportunities for cooperation,” he said.

Not only that, but also the possibility that such efforts involving a larger number of participants will be based more on respect for laws, rules and norms, he said,

“This is all the more important when, in the post-COVID era, we all seek to reduce the world’s risks to concentrated production and fragile supply chains,” he said. he adds.

Amid China’s bodybuilding in the region, several countries around the world have released vision papers and strategies to ensure a free and inclusive Indo-Pacific.

“In the field of international relations, it is natural that new concepts take time to be digested. To facilitate this process, it is also important to show an open mind and accept that there may be many avenues to approach the Indo-Pacific, ”says Jaishankar.

Shirlene J. Manley