Kautilya Academy 10-09-2020
On September 9, 2020, the first India-France-Australia Trilateral Dialogue was held virtually with a focus on enhancing the cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region. The dialogue held discussions on economic and geostrategic challenges and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region in context with Covid-19 particularly.
The participants from India, France, and Australia were as follows:
This was the first trilateral dialogue between these three countries. It was decided in the meeting that such dialogues will be held annually now onward. The key discussions held were on the below topics:
The three countries agreed to cooperate with each other to ensure a peaceful, secure, prosperous, and rules-based Indo-Pacific Region.
The term Indo-Pacific represents an economic and strategic community comprising the vast areas around the Indian and Pacific Oceans between the East Coast of Africa and the West Coast of America; including the littoral countries. In the last decade, this term has become relevant because of the increased bullish activities of China in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. America described the situation as a geopolitical competition between free and repressive visions of world order with China and North Korea on one side and all others on the other.