THE TIMES OF INDIA – Shenoy Karun / TNN / Aug 31, 2021, 21:56 IST
KOCHI: India and the United States should try to enhance the maritime security framework in the Indo-Pacific region as their strategic interests are aligning like never before, said maritime subject-matter experts during a webinar that discussed “Indo-Pacific Strategy: Reimagining the Maritime Outlook” on Thursday.
The webinar, organized by the Centre for Public policy Research, a Kochi-based think tank in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, deliberated on how India and the U.S. can align their strategic and economic interests in the Indo-Pacific region to ensure peace and stability.
Making the opening remarks at the event, Anne Lee Seshadri, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, highlighted the shared vision of India and the United States toward advancing human rights, peace and stability, freedom on the seas, unimpeded commerce, and commitment to the international, rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region. She added that there are few diplomatic relationships in the world more vital than the one between India and the U.S.
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi and Gregory B. Poling, a Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia and director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) were the panelists in the webinar.
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