Indo-Pacific: Overview

Why Pacific region is gaining importance in India’s Foreign Policy?

  • Chinese increased presence in the Indian Ocean calls for Indian presence in the Pacific Ocean to counter the balance of power.
  • Free trade agreements like Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Free Trade Area- that provides majority of global trade are Pacific centric
  • Indian Diaspora across various islands in the region
  • Transformation of “Look  East” into “Act East”
  • The region remains easily accessible to American continent and even countries like Japan , Australia with whom India shares its special bonds
  • The Pacific region has very high market potential for Indian exports such as engineering services, ICT services and FMCG items etc