US, Japan, India set to kick-start dialogue

The US, Japan and India are set to kick-start a key trilateral dialogue to allign their policies as Washington and Tokyo increasingly see New Delhi as "a strong and enduring" geo-strategic partner in the Asia-Pacific region.

Washington: The US, Japan and India are
set to kick-start a key trilateral dialogue to allign their
policies as Washington and Tokyo increasingly see New Delhi as
"a strong and enduring" geo-strategic partner in the
Asia-Pacific region.

"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 reporters.

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
said.

Recently, there has been 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.

The US Assistant Secretary said 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".

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.

PTI

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