'India pillar of stability in Indian Ocean region'
Washington: Observing that Washington sees
New Delhi as a pillar of stability and prosperity in the
Indian Ocean and beyond, a top American official on Wednesday said
the Obama administration visualizes great promise in bringing
China, India and the US together.
"We see great promise in bringing China, India and the
United States even closer together, in formal capacities,"
Robert Blake, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and
Central Asia said.
Speaking on, "Looking Ahead: US -India Strategic
Relations and the Transpacific Century" at the School of
Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins
University, he said "harmony in the Asia-Pacific region will
ensure that the US, India, and China will guide the world
towards a golden age of safety, prosperity, and innovation a
vision that is welcome news to the region and the world".
Noting that as the centre of geopolitics moves toward
Asia and India plays a critical role in US strategy, Blake
said Washington sees India as a pillar of stability and
prosperity in the Indian Ocean and beyond.
He said India has long been a maritime power in Asia in
its own right and only India itself can charter a path to
navigate the geopolitical currents unfolding before us.
"But we believe that India can leverage its democratic
traditions, strong cultural influence, people-to-people ties,
and booming economy, to help ensure the Asia of the 21st
century is one defined by open markets, open societies, and
open governments," Blake underlined.
In fact US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently
said "if we want to address, manage, or solve some of the most
pressing issues of the 21st century, India, China, and the
United States will have to coordinate our efforts.
Blake argued that increased dialogue is key.
"Twenty first century global peace and security may well
be defined by the level of harmony achieved by these three
great powers," he said.
The Assistant Secretary of State made it clear that just
as global trade and commerce was made secure by the Royal Navy
in 19th century, and by the American Navy in the 20th century,
"perhaps it will be the cooperation of the American, Indian,
and Chinese navies that ensure global commercial routes are
protected and enhanced".
It is for this very reason that eliminating the scourge
of piracy could be a natural way for the United States, India,
and China to cooperate at sea, Blake said.