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India, US Jointly Challenge China On Expansionist Moves In South China Sea

New Delhi: India and the US on Tuesday reiterated their dedication to keep up a free and open Indo-Pacific area, in a direct problem to China’s expansionist strikes within the South China Sea.

The dedication was made in a joint assertion issued by the 2 nations of their third annual India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue held in New Delhi.

The US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper attended the assembly with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Exterior Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.

“The ministers reiterated their commitment to maintaining a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific built on a rules-based international order, underpinned by ASEAN centrality, rule of law, sustainable and transparent infrastructure investment, freedom of navigation and overflight, mutual respect for sovereignty, and peaceful resolution of disputes,” the joint assertion mentioned.

Highlighting the significance of securing the financial and safety pursuits of all of the stakeholders having a reputable curiosity within the area, the 2 sides welcomed the rising understanding on the Indo-Pacific among the many like-minded nations. They reaffirmed that nearer India-US cooperation will help shared pursuits in selling safety and prosperity within the Indo-Pacific area and past.

The 2 sides additionally mentioned, “The code of conduct in the South China Sea should not prejudice the legitimate rights and interests of any nation in accordance with international law.”

Constructing on a robust file of peacekeeping cooperation, the ministers determined to increase joint capability constructing efforts with accomplice nations within the Indo-Pacific and to take part in multilateral peacekeeping coaching workouts. They expressed their help for sustainable, clear, high quality infrastructure growth within the Indo-Pacific area.

The 2 sides welcomed the inclusion of the Royal Australian Navy within the US-India-Japan Malabar Naval Train scheduled to be held within the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea in November 2020.

The US welcomed India’s co-hosting of the Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Convention (IPACC), Indo-Pacific Armies Administration Seminar (IPAMS) and Senior Enlisted Chief Discussion board (SELF) in 2023.

The ministers additionally introduced that following the latest convening of the second Australia-India-Japan-US Quadrilateral Ministerial Assembly in Tokyo on October 6, 2020, the Quad consultations would now be held yearly.

They expressed their help for additional strengthening the Quad cooperation via expanded actions, together with initiating a dialogue among the many growth organisations of accomplice nations.

The US will host the subsequent 2+2 ministerial dialogue in 2021.

(IANS)

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