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India, US, Aus, Japan debate issues of common interest in Indo-Pacific area

India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China's rising military manoeuvring in the region

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

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Senior officials of India, Australia, and the met at on Thursday and held consultations on regional and global issues of common interest, amid flexing its muscles in the strategic region.

The discussions focused on cooperation in areas such as connectivity, sustainable development, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation and maritime and cyber security, with a view to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in an increasingly inter-connected region that the four countries share with each other and with other partners, the said in a statement in

The participants -- officials from the (MEA), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, and of the of America -- reaffirmed the ASEAN centrality as the cornerstone of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, it said.

The US has been pushing for a broader role by in the strategically important region.

India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China's rising military manoeuvring in the region.

In November last year, India, the US, and gave shape to the long-pending Quadrilateral coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of Chinese influence.

claims almost all of the resource-rich Sea and has also laid claims on the under the control of Japan in the Sea.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and have counterclaims over the Sea.

The US is periodically deploying its naval ships and fighter planes to assert freedom of navigation.

In the meeting on Thursday, all the four countries agreed to partner with other countries and forums in the region to promote a free, open, rules-based and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific region that fosters trust and confidence, the MEA statement said.

They committed to strengthening connectivity and quality infrastructure based on sovereignty, equality and territorial integrity of all nations, as well as transparency, economic viability and financial responsibility, it said.

The officials also exchanged views on recent developments in the regional situation and agreed to continue the consultations, the statement added.

First Published: Thu, November 15 2018. 20:00 IST
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