December 5, 2023

S. Jaishankar holds constructive discussions with Overseas Ministers of China, Indonesia and the US

Exterior Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had quite a bit on his desk this week as he travelled to Indonesia’s Jakarta to attend Overseas Ministers’ Conferences of the Affiliation of the SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) within the format, ASEAN-India, East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Discussion board (ARF) on July 13-14.

Jaishankar met with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the ASEAN meet, and mentioned comprehensively on a number of problems with Myanmar, Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific, together with a comply with up on PM Narendra Modi’s latest go to to the US.

He additionally exchanged views on the problems of the Ukraine battle and the Myanmar scenario with Josep Borrell Fontelles, Vice-President of the European Union and the Excessive Consultant of the European Union for Overseas Affairs. Relating to Myanmar, Jaishankar asserted that India will attempt to take care of peace and stability alongside the border areas and give attention to initiatives undertaken by the India-ASEAN group. 

In tandem with the East Asia Summit, Jaishankar additionally held talks with Wang Yi, CPC Central Fee for Overseas Affairs relating to the ‘excellent points’ persisting alongside the Line of Precise Management (LAC). The emphasis was on resolving the standoff constant for nearly 3 years and reestablishing peace and tranquillity alongside the LAC. 

Recent spherical of talks between India and China relating to the stalemate on the LAC have been held in June, together with dialogue on the opposite friction factors of Depsang and Demchok. India has maintained the stand that the pressure on the connection will be launched solely when the scenario is normalised on the LAC.

Whereas addressing the EAS assembly, S. Jaishankar, with an allusion to China, emphasised on the significance of getting an ‘open, inclusive and rules-based’ Indo-Pacific. He affirmed that India strongly supported the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and acknowledged the centrality of ASEAN within the Indo-Pacific. He additionally highlighted ASEAN’s significance as an important pillar of India’s Act East Coverage. 

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Jaishankar additionally met Indonesian President Joko Widodo and conveyed PM Modi’s private greeting to him. He additionally stated that India wholeheartedly supported Indonesia’s management of the summit. On Wednesday, a gathering between ASEAN Secretary Common Kao Kim Hourn and Jaishankar noticed dialogue on potential India-ASEAN dialogues within the domains of cyber safety, finance and maritime safety.

Talks with the Russian counterpart led to discussions throughout the framework of BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Group (SCO).

Jaishankar on terrorism

In his handle within the ASEAN Regional Discussion board assembly, Jaishankar reiterated that India’s response to world challenges included advancing world cooperation and delegitimization to counter-terrorism. In a veiled jibe to Pakistan, he urged the members of the Discussion board to stick to a united, zero-tolerance strategy in direction of terrorism, together with strict motion towards terror financing, cross-border terrorism and nations offering a secure haven to terror networks. He additionally pressured upon ‘diplomacy to handle conflicts’.

Closing the ASEAN conferences, Jaishankar will journey to Bangkok, Thailand to participate within the Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Mechanism’s twelfth Overseas Ministers’ Assembly on July 16.