Development of the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” Vision between India and Japan
Recently India and Japan have resolved to cooperate for a free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP).
In 2016, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzoabe, formally launched the FOIP strategy as a network of nations and regional organizations. These nation and regional organizations value independence, rule of law and market economics that are free from coercion or coercion. Also, serve as the basis of peace and prosperity.
FOIP combines “two continents”, Asia (which is growing rapidly) and Africa (which has huge growth potential). It also connects the ‘two oceans’, the free and open Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.
The FOIP strategy is based on three pillars:
- To promote and establish the rule of law and freedom of navigation and free trade etc.
- To establish cooperation among Japan, United States of America, India, Australia, Association of Asian Nations (ASEAN) etc.
- Ensuring strategic communication in the international arena and through media etc.
Targeting economic prosperity:
Improving connectivity and strengthening economic partnerships (including investment treaties) and improving the business environment through the development of infrastructure such as ports and railways.
Ensuring peace and stability:
- To assist in capacity building in the coastal countries of the Indo-Pacific.
- To cooperate in the areas of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anti-piracy, counter-terrorism etc.
- The two countries have also agreed to take the special strategic and global partnership of Japan and India to a new level.
Source – The Hindu