India-US declared Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region

Jan 27, 2015 18:26 IST

Joint Strategic VisionIndia-US on 25 January 2015 declared Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region. The joint vision was signed during the visit of US President Barack Obama.

Joint Strategic Vision aimed to promote peace, prosperity and stability in Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region.

Both the countries agreed to work together to

• Promote accelerated infrastructure connectivity and economic development in a manner that links South, Southeast and Central Asia.
• Enhanced energy transmission and encouraging free trade and greater people-to-people linkages.
• Affirm the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea as regional prosperity depends on security.
• To promote the shared values that have made both the countries countries great, recognizing their interests in peace, prosperity and stability are well served by their common commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
• To strengthen the East Asia Summit on its tenth anniversary to promote regional dialogue on key political and security issues, and to work together to strengthen it.
• The countries oppose terrorism, piracy, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction within or from the region.
• The countries call on all parties to avoid the threat or use of force and pursue resolution of territorial and maritime disputes through all peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
• To achieve this regional vision, both sides will develop a roadmap that leverages their respective efforts to increase ties among Asian powers, it will enable both nations to better respond to diplomatic, economic and security challenges in the region.
• Also, over the next five years, both sides have committed to strengthen regional dialogues, invest in trilateral consultations with third countries in the region more robust, deepen regional integration, strengthen regional forums, explore additional multilateral opportunities for engagement, and pursue areas where we can build capacity in the region that bolster long-term peace and prosperity for all.

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