The United States seeks to formalize its close defense relations with countries in the Indo-Pacific region. In order to compete with China, India wants to combine with Japan and Australia just like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). US Deputy Secretary Stephen Bezgan said this on Monday. He said the aim of the United States is to work together to respond to the possible challenge from China by forming groups with four countries and others in the region.
This was stated by Begun while talking to former Ambassador of India Richard Verma in an online discussion organized by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.
Begun said, “The Indian Ocean region lacks really strong multilateral structures. They have nothing of the fate of NATO or the European Union. The strongest institutions in Asia are often not. I think it is because of a lack of inclusion. There is certainly a possibility of formalizing such a structure.0 He said, “Remember, even NATO started with relatively modest expectations, and many countries (initially) chose neutrality over NATO membership.0 ”
However, he warned that the U.S. Pacific will put forward its ambitions for NATO. Claiming such a coalition, he said, “This will only happen if other countries commit to it like the United States.0 “The four countries are expected to meet in Delhi in this month of winter.
India is clearly signaling its intention to invite Australia to participate in the Malabar naval exercise, which would be a tremendous step to ensure the safety of the sea in the Indo-Pacific. Naval exercises have been conducted by the US and India since 1992, mostly in the Bay of Bengal. Japan has been participating in this exercise since 2015.
The report says that the clash between Chinese and Indian troops in the Galwan Valley in June has made India more willing to withdraw Australia for the Malabar naval exercise. While Japan and the US have already been invited to participate in this year’s exercise, due to COVID-19, India has not yet extended a formal invitation to Australia.