No one wants conflict in Indo- Pacific region; says US envoy

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NEW DELHI: US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Wednesday said that no country wants to see a conflict in the Indo-Pacific region and the United States will work with trusted and like-minded partners to develop guidelines and other ways to fulfil the “inclusive” vision for the region.

“No one wants to have conflict in the region (Indo-Pacific). We want it to be an inclusive vision but we are going to need to work with trusted and like-minded partners to develop guidelines, red lines and other ways to fulfil the vision we share for Indo-Pacific region,” Juster said at the India Ideas Summit.

US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster

He said that the US has begun some of the work through its discussions with the remaining Quad members — India, Japan and Australia. “We are writing the first chapter of what will be a project over next several years and the book that we complete will be critical to future of not just this region but to the world,” Juster underlined.

The Indo-Pacific region is largely viewed as an area comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea.

China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea its efforts to advance into the Indian Ocean are seen to have challenged the established rules-based system. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counterclaims in the South China Sea.

Juster said that India has provided pharmaceuticals for over 100 countries around the world. “We have had tremendous cooperation with India and post the visit of the President (to India). We have seen several conversations between Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.

“We have really transformed a strategic partnership into a comprehensive global strategic partnership and as the Prime Minister, said recently, what may be the most important relationship of the 21st century,” he added.

The envoy outlined that India and the US were working together on regional and global issues. “Implementing a mutual vision for the Indo-Pacific region will move the relationship forward. The challenge for us now is to build an architecture that rises to and fulfills the shared vision,” Juster said.