- The 36 nations that comprise the Asia-Pacific region are home to over 50% of the world’s population and many of the world’s largest militaries
- The Indo-Pacific is a heavily militarized area, with the presence of seven of the world’s 10 largest standing militaries and five of the world’s nuclear powers
In wake of the emerging threat from China in the Indian subcontinent, and Beijing’s threatening advances in the South and East China Sea regions, India and the US have taken strategic measures to halt the Red Dragon’s juggernaut and establish a dominant force in the Indo-Pacific region.
The USINDOPACOM – US Indo-Pacific Command – is one of the six geographic combatant commands set up by the Department of Defense’s Unified Command Plan to ensure order in the region, along with the support of Australian and Japan, which together also form the ‘Quad’.
In line with this same objective, Indian Army Vice-Chief Lieutenant General Satinder K Saini met USINDOPACOM Chief of Staff Major General Ronald P Clark to discuss the US and Indian partnership in the region. Saini is on a three-day visit to the US.
The US Indo-Pacific Command is supported by multiple component and sub-unified commands of the US military, including the country’s forces in Korea, Japan, Special Operations Command Pacific, Pacific Fleet, Marine Forces Pacific, Pacific Air Forces and the Army Pacific.
The 36 nations that comprise the Asia-Pacific region are home to over 50% of the world’s population and many of the world’s largest militaries, along with five key nations that are allied with the US.
‘Quad’ shaping up rapidly
India, the US, Japan and Australia earlier this month met in Tokyo and agreed to step up collaboration to create a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne to deliberate on the increasing Chinese threat and vowed to work closely to ensure peace and stability in the region.
“We remain committed to upholding the rules-based international order, underpinned by the rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation in the international seas, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputes. Our objective remains to advance the security and the economic interests of all countries having legitimate and vital interests in the region,” Jaishankar said.