Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘JAI’ grouping is shaping up to be a core group in Indian foreign policy. India had proposed the three countries, Japan, America and India, synergize their infrastructure.
The India-Japan-US trilateral grouping will begin work on a five-point agenda as the three powers devise security structures for the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific region.
Modi, Trump and Abe net during the recent G-20 summit that took place in Argentina. To balance things out, India pushed for a revival of the Russia-India-China summit, where Modi, Putin and Xi met without an agenda but a deep conversation.
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During the summit, India proposed five steps that the group could take in the immediate future. Among them, introduction of a rules-based system for all countries to ensure free movement of trade and energy — two important components for developing countries like India and those in the Asean region. This includes everything from freedom of navigation to multilateral trading rules.
Responding to the meeting between the three leaders, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: “We remain open to normal cooperation among relevant parties.
“We hope such cooperation will promote mutual trust and cooperation in this region and play a constructive role in promoting the development of peace and prosperity in the region,” he added.
“The three leaders reaffirmed the importance of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific vision for global stability, prosperity and pledged to deepen trilateral cooperation,” India’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said.