Indo-Pacific Trilateral Dialogue held

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  • September 21, 2020
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Indo-Pacific Trilateral Dialogue held

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

In news

  • Recently, India, Australia and France held a dialogue for the first time under a trilateral framework. 
  • The three sides have agreed to hold the dialogue on an annual basis.

Key takeaways

  • Focus: Enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.
  • India also has logistics agreements with both countries which provide for easier access to supplies of goods and services.
  • The trilateral cooperation will help to take on China’s aggressive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region. E.g in South China Sea.
  • It is an addition to the Quad which comprises the USA, Japan, Australia and India.
  • Possibility of enhancing maritime security cooperation between the three countries.
  • Cooperation on marine global commons shall also take place. It includes blue economy, marine biodiversity and environmental challenges such as marine pollution.

Important value additions

Significance of the Indo-Pacific Region

  • It is a very rich region in terms of natural resources (fisheries, oil, and gas) as well as mineral resources.
  • Trade of some of the major economies like China, Japan, Korea or the west coast of the United States goes through this region.
  • About 50% of India’s trade is conducted through the South China Sea. 
  • India has been one of the major players in the region. 
  • India conducts many naval exercises with the United States, countries of ASEAN, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
  • The international community including India wants freedom of navigation, freedom of over flights in the region.

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