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India, US discussed role of China in Indo Pacific during 2+2 dialogue: US official

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

and the US during their first 2+2 Dialogue in have discussed the role of in the region and how to work with other regional players in securing the seas and the skies, a senior said Monday.

and held the crucial talks with US and on September 6.

"The discussion on comes up most in the context of the vision the two nations have for the Indo Pacific region, which excludes no nation," Alice Well, the Principal Deputy Assistant for South and Central Asia, told reporters during a conference call Monday.

"We discussed the as an opportunity for the US and to be able to offer countries alternatives for development, alternatives for how they're going to pursue significant infrastructure projects and how they're going to work to be able to create a free and open trading system that has advanced all the countries of the world since post World War II," Wells said in response to a question.

Observing this is not a zero sum kind of discussion, Wells said the US and welcome contributions by to regional development, so long as they adhere to high standards where there's transparency, rule of law and sustainable financing.

"But instead what we see is an opportunity to use private sectors to contribute meaningfully to development of the region," she said.

The US has about USD 1.4 billion in trade with the Indo-Pacific, over USD 850 billion in foreign direct investment.

"So the conversations between the two countries during the 2+2 Dialogue were how they can bilaterally, tri-laterally with and quadrilaterally with and with the ASEAN can we work to promote economic security and good governance and security of the seas and the skies," Wells said.

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 22:10 IST