Shangri-La Dialogue Current Affairs - 2020

Facts Box: Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative

The Indo-Pacific Initiative was proposed by PM Modi for a safe and secure maritime at the East Asia Summit. This indicates that India is ready to play a bigger role in the region where China has been pushing its military assertiveness.

Facts of Indo-Pacific Initiative

  • The idea of the initiative was mooted by the PM when he addressed the East Asia Summit in Thailand.
  • The main objective of the initiative is to achieve safe, secure and a stable maritime domain.
  • The initiative aims to achieve this by creating partnerships among interested states by sustainably using marine resources.
  • To take the initiative forward, India will organize a Indo-Pacific Conclave in Chennai early next year.
  • Japan, Australia and Thailand support the initiative already. And many more ASEAN countries are expected to express their support to the initiative in the near future.
  • The initiative is considered by the experts as an incremental step to the Shangri la dialogue.

Significance of the initiative

  • This will give confidence to minor players of ASEAN that their role in the region will not be diluted
  • It will ensure freedom of navigation, freedom of overflights and the disputed are resolved as per international conventions

Ministry of External Affairs sets up Indo-Pacific Wing

The Ministry of External Affairs has set up an Indo-Pacific division in the foreign office. The Indo-pacific division is intended to give a coherent architecture to the Indo-Pacific policy articulated by PM Narendra Modi at the Shangri-La Dialogue in 2018.

Indo-Pacific Wing

  • The Indo-Pacific Wing is currently headed by joint secretary Vikram Doraiswami.
  • The Indo-Pacific Wing is a big step by the government and it is expected to give thrust to the Indo-Pacific centred policymaking.
  • The Indo-Pacific Wing integrates the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), ASEAN region and the Quad.

The Indo-Pacific diplomacy of India India has repeatedly placed ASEAN at the centre of its policy. Even the US has recently renamed its Pacific Command to the Indo-Pacific Command as it seeks to give teeth to its Indo-Pacific policy.