Washington: The proposed trilateral dialogue
involving India, Japan and the US would begin at the Assistant
Secretary level and it would help align policies of the three
countries in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior American
official has said.
"We will begin that process at my level, at the Assistant
Secretary level, and to just explore and see what areas of
common pursuit going forward," US Assistant Secretary of State
for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell, told
Campbell was referring to the recent US-Japan joint
statement which announced the launch of the trilateral
dialogue, adding that it was needed to align policies of the
three countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
The joint statement issued at the conclusion of the US-
Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting here welcomed
India as a strong and enduring Asia-Pacific partner.
Responding to a question, Campbell said yesterday that
the US welcomes the Look East policy of New Delhi.
"We welcome India`s role as a vibrant, strong player in
all aspects of Asian Pacific life - economic, commercial,
strategic, and the like," he said.
"We`ve worked closely with them on coordinating our
approaches to the ASEAN Regional Forum and to the East Asia
Summit. We`ve seen important dialogues taking place between
India and China and also between India and Japan," Campbell
"There are a number of what we might call mini-lateral
steps and initiatives in the Asian Pacific region: Japan,
South Korea and China; Japan, South Korea and the United
States," he said.
There has been, recently, a substantial set of
initiatives designed to improve relations between Tokyo and
Delhi, "and I think we`ve agreed that an appropriate next
step, given some of our interests and our mutual pursuits, is
to seek a trilateral session," Campbell said.