first_imgWithout naming China or its military assertiveness inWithout naming China or its military assertiveness in South China Sea, the Admiral said freedom of navigation on the high seas and the airspace above them “are not privileges of rich and powerful countries. Theyre fundamental rights of all nations”.”While some countries seek to bully smaller countries through intimidation and coercion, I note with admiration Indias example of peaceful resolution of disputes with your neighbors in the waters of the Indian Ocean. India, indeed, stands like a beacon on a hill in a potential Dark Age,” he said.The Admiral said that two visionary policies are now coinciding at the perfect time.”Initiated four years ago by President (Barack) Obama, the United States is conducting a strategic Rebalance west to the Indo-Asia-Pacific. While at the same time, India is implementing Prime Minister (Narendra) Modis Act East policy.”You need look no further than last Octobers Malabar maritime exercise between India, Japan and the United States to see the security inter-connectedness of the Indian Ocean, Asia, and the Pacific Ocean,” he said.Harris hoped that in not too distant future, American and Indian Navy vessels steaming together will become “a common and welcome sight” throughout Indo-Asia-Pacific waters.”Considering the USD 5.3 trillion dollars in trade that traverses each year from the Indian Ocean and through the South China Sea, we all have a vested interest in ensuring our region remain secure, stable, and prosperous. How Indo-Asia- Pacific nations employ naval forces to support these economic interests matters greatly,” Harris said.advertisementHe said that by 2050, it is expected that 7 out of every 10 people who walk the planet will live in the Indo-Asia- Pacific region.”This level of population and urbanization will present special challenges in regard to the demand for food, energy, housing and importantly, freedoms,” he said. PTI SAP SMN PAL SMNlast_img

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